| 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 |
MASTER MINUIT'S RETURN
IT was while we were all in a turmoil with this new
order of things, that we had startling proof that my old
master, Peter Minuit, was again in the New World.
It appears, although I cannot explain exactly why,
that the West India Company had turned him out of
their employ, and Queen Christina of Sweden had
offered him a high office if he would build in America a
town for the Swedish people, such as he had built
for the Dutch.
This Master Minuit agreed upon, and at the time
when, as I have said, we were in the greatest turmoil
because of the savages, he came over from Sweden to
the South River, not more than an hundred and thirty
miles from our town of New Amsterdam, and began
building a fort.
 This news plunged me into a state of most painful
excitement, for I burned to see the good man once
more, and to beg that he take me into his service; but
Master Kieft had given orders that no person be
allowed to leave New Amsterdam, save with his
permission. Therefore how could I, in charge of the
Company's storehouse, expect to be allowed to go among
those who were considered enemies to the Dutch, for
speedily had our Director declared war against these
Swedish people led by Master Minuit?
Perhaps it is enough if I say that Master Kieft did not
drive Master Minuit away, and that the latter
continued to build up a trading post for the Swedish people
until it became a stronghold in this New World.
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