| 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 |
 NOT above ninety obeyed this command, and the
greater number of those who did so were, in one way
or another, under Master Stuyvesant's thumb.
At the same time guards were placed at the city
gates to prevent any from leaving the city over the
land, and every
farmer was commanded to send in
all the grain he had
on hand, together
with what his slaves
could thresh during
the next eight and
laughed at this last
that he would hold all he had of food-stuff at the muzzle
of his gun, and no man in the country should force him
to give up to the use of others, what might be needed
for his own family and for his slaves.
Nor did he stand alone in such refusal; I heard of
but two who obeyed, and one of these was the schout
who had been appointed to office at the time when
 Master Stuyvesant
refused to give us the rights called
for by the charter which had been sent from Holland.
It must be told to the credit of the Director, that he
set a good example of obedience, for all his servants
and slaves were hard at work hauling grain into the
city from his farm above the swamps, or engaged in
threshing that which yet remained on the stalk.
It seemed as if Master Stuyvesant believed it would
be possible for him to hold out a long while against the
English, and he was preparing for a regular siege.
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