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From New Amsterdam to New York: The Founding of New York the Dutch in July 1625 by Dirk Barreveld

From New Amsterdam to New York: The Founding of New York

the Dutch in July 1625 by Dirk Barreveld

Published October 1st 2001
ISBN : 9780595198900
Paperback
314 pages
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The amazing story of a few Dutchmen who, among all odds, created the foundation of what is today the worlds most fascinating city. It is hard to imagine that todays New York started hardly 400 years ago as a tiny Dutch settlement named NewMoreThe amazing story of a few Dutchmen who, among all odds, created the foundation of what is today the worlds most fascinating city. It is hard to imagine that todays New York started hardly 400 years ago as a tiny Dutch settlement named New Amsterdam on Manhattan Island. The Dutch bought the place for US $25, a bargain they thought. For the Dutch, who ruled the world at that time, it was not an important place, but only a trading post for beaver and otter skins. The first Dutch governors were not very successful in developing New Amsterdam into a profitable trading or colonizing venture. The last governor, Peter Stuyvesant, appointed in 1647, turned out to be the best. The one-legged governor proved to be cut from a different kind of wood as his predecessors. With an iron-fist policy he turned the colony around into a well-organized system. But it was not for long, treacherously English naval forces stole the colony in the name of the Duke of York, brother of King Charles of England. He changed the name of New Amsterdam to New York. The Dutch fought back and recaptured the colony. In the end, however, they exchanged their northwest American property for more promising territories elsewhere in the world.