| 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 |
DIRECTOR PETRUS STUYVESANT
ON the eleventh day of May, in the year of our Lord,
1647, a fleet of four large vessels sailed into the harbor
of New Amsterdam, bringing the new Director, Petrus
 Stuyvesant, his family, servants, soldiers, and many laborers.
A one-legged man was Master Stuyvesant, who had
been a brave soldier, and, later, a governor of the island
of Curaçoa, wherever it may be. That he believed
he was of considerable importance in the world, could
be told by his manner of moving about and of holding
speech with any who was lower in station than himself.
It was as if he were too high and mighty to concern
himself with what might or might not be done in the
storehouse, even though through that building came
the greater portion of all the money the West India
Company received from the New World.
Do not understand me as saying that he gave no
heed to such portion of the Company's business as was
under my charge. He took note of it, but not as
 Master Minuit would have done, by coming daily in
person to see for himself that I, and all under me, were
doing full duty.
Director Stuyvesant sent the secretary, Master Van
Tienhoven, to learn what was being done, and that
gentleman, as if believing I was not making the best
bargains for the Company, spent a goodly portion of
his time in the office of the storehouse, under the
pretext of allowing me to go here or there as I pleased.
While Master Kieft was in office, I had so much of
labor to perform that two or three weeks, even a
month on a certain time, would pass without my having
been outside the building.
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