| 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 |
THE CITY OF NEW YORK
THAT same day Colonel Nicolls was chosen governor
by the Dutch themselves, and his first order was that
the city be called New York in honor of the Duke of
York, who had really had charge of the matter.
Next day came a message from the new governor, in
which it was promised that people from all lands might
come into the City of New York, with the same rights
as any other; that there would be no change in the
affairs until an election by the people could be held,
and that each man might worship God in whatsoever
way seemed to him best.
We who had lived so long in the New World had seen
the last of New Amsterdam with its Dutch rulers, who
 knew no law but their own whims, and now were we
like men who have finally thrown off a heavy burden,
able to breathe freely once more.
I would that I had enough of knowledge to set down
in words all that I have just told you; but I am ignorant
of nearly everything, save furs and bargaining with the
Indians, therefore it is, that unless you shall repeat
what I have said, the people of this country may never
hear the story of Peter of New Amsterdam.
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