Volumes XVIII–XIX, Delaware Papers (Dutch period), 1648–1664

This series contains administrative records created by the Dutch West India Company (WIC) in the Delaware region and sent to New Amsterdam. The records relate to problems with the Swedes and include a report on Swedish activities in the Delaware region prior to Stuyvesant's arrival in New Netherland. Additional material includes extracts from Petrus Stuyvesant's letterbook regarding the Delaware region from 1648 to 1650; records pertaining to the takeover of New Sweden in 1655; council minutes of Jean Paul Jacquet, vice-director of WIC territory on the South (Delaware) River until 1657; letters from Jacob Alrichs, director of New Amstel, to Stuyvesant from 1657 to 1659; letters from Willem Beeckman, vice-director of WIC territory on the South River from 1659 to 1664; and documents relating to agreements and terms met during the struggle with Sweden for control over the region.

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.

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Manuscript images in the New York State Archives' Digital Collections

Volumes 18 and 19, Delaware Papers, Dutch Period, 1648-1664 translation (published book images)

* Volume 18 transcription

* Volume 19 transcription

* The transcriptions are large files. It is best to right-click (control-click on a Mac) the link and choose "Save Link As..." to save the document to your computer.

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