The Curaçao records document the West India Company's activities in the Caribbean during the seventeenth century, supply information about the administration of affairs on Curaçao, and depict the commercial relationship between the islands and New Netherland. Records of the first period include instructions from the West India Company to Stuyvesant and his council detailing how Curaçao should be regulated and resolutions representing the administrative decisions of Stuyvesant and his council from January 5, 1643 to November 9, 1644.

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.

Catalog record

Manuscript images in the New York State Archives' Digital Collections

Volume 17, Curaçao Papers, 1640–1665 translation (the pagination in this volume is different from the published book; additional edits have also been made to the text)
Volume 17, Curaçao Papers, 1640–1665 transcription

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