Petrus Stuyvesant was born in Weststellingwerf, Friesland in 1610 the son of a Reformed domine....
This collection of official correspondence records the first six years of Petrus Stuyvesant’s tenure as Director-General of New Netherland, replacing the disastrous Willem Kieft. Stuyvesant would serve in this position until 1664, when the English took New Netherland by force from the Dutch.
In 1647, when Stuyvesant first arrived in North America, he was forced to confront and resolve several problems inherited from his predecessor. To the north, British settlers occupied most of the land claimed by the Dutch along the Connecticut River. To the south, Swedish settlers challenged the Dutch claim to land along the Delaware River, setting up a rival trading post under the leadership of Peter Minuit, a former director of New Netherland. Closer to home in present-day Albany, Stuyvesant found himself in a land and leadership dispute with Brant van Slichtenhorst, director of the Van Rensselaer family’s patroonship.
This is the eleventh volume of the Dutch Colonial Manuscripts at the New York State Archives and the first of five volumes in the series Correspodence. In the 19th century, E. B. O'Callaghan reorganized the original 49 record books of New Netherland into this series based on document type and time period. These documents were translated by Charles Gehring and published in 2000 as Volume XI in the New Netherland Documents Series.
For more on the contents of this volume, see its introduction. For more on the arrangement and publication of the Dutch Colonial Manuscripts, see the compilation of the introductions to the New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch / New Netherland Documents Series.