| Peter of New Amsterdam|
|by James Otis|
|The story of the Dutch colony at New Amsterdam, through the eyes of the young lad Peter. Relates its settlement by the West India Company under the leadership of Peter Minuit, their transactions with the Indians including the purchase of the island of Manhattan, their overthrow of the Swedish forts to the south, and their surrender to English forces in 1664. The portrait of the contrasting figures of Peter Minuit and Peter Stuyvesant enlivens the narrative. Numerous black and white illustrations complement the text. Ages 8-10 |
AN ATTACK BY THE INDIANS
THE Indians remained quietly on Nutten Island
until nightfall, when they came into New Amsterdam
again, went directly to Master Van Dyck's house, and
One of his neighbors attempted to lend him aid, and
was stricken down in short order,—not, however, before
he had given an alarm. Such soldiers as had been
 left in the fort, together with the men of the city,
hastened with true courage to the scene of the murder,
where a small battle took place, in which three Indians
were killed outright, and many wounded.
It was as if the savages needed only this to send
them upon the war path again; but instead of making
any attack upon New Amsterdam, where were so few
to oppose them, they went to the plantations nearby,
killing or capturing men, women, and children,
burning dwellings and destroying crops.
Yet this was no more than we had threatened to do to
the Swedes, and without such cause as the savages had.
During the three days that the Indians remained
near New Amsterdam, so the messenger said, more
than one hundred persons had been killed, and nearly
twice as many carried to a dreadful captivity. The
buildings on twenty-eight of the plantations were burned
and the crops destroyed utterly.
It needed not that this man who had come to us pale
with terror, and fearing lest on his return he should
find those whom he loved butchered, should tell us into
what condition the city was plunged because of such a
state of affairs. We could see, in our minds, the people
of New Amsterdam as they cowered like sheep before
wolves, unable to flee.
There was no place for them to go, save into the
wilderness where lurked brown men who were thirsting
 for revenge, and they were unable to do more than
make the merest show of defence, owing to the fact
that Director Stuyvesant had taken with him nearly all
the able-bodied men, and a goodly portion of the
weapons, to the end that he might do much the same
as were the savages doing.
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