TROUBLE WITH THE ENGLISH
I do know this, however, that an English vessel came
to anchor one certain day off the town, and her captain
said it was his purpose to go up the river to one of our
posts called Port Orange, there to trade with the
Indians on his own account.
Master Van Twiller forbade his doing so; but
after remaining five days, the English captain sailed
up the river, and then it was that our new Director,
calling together all the men in the town, armed
three vessels and drove the English out of the
I also know that he brought trouble to himself and
to the West India Company, by doing that which the
 English people in Plymouth claimed he had no right
to do, and it was much like this:
Our Dutchman, Adrian Block, had sailed up a
river to the east of us, which he called the Fresh River,
and Master Minuit had traded there with the savages
to the extent of near ten thousand beaver skins, besides
other furs, each year.
Now it seems the English of Plymouth claimed that
this land had been given them by King James, and so
notified Master Van Twiller; but he sent his secretary
with a lot of toys, and bought from the savages that
piece of land called Connittecock, building thereon a
trading post, in which we mounted two cannon, and
called it the House of Good Hope.
Because of this the English of Boston, together
with those in Plymouth, set about driving the Dutch
away from Fresh River by building another post a
 short distance above them, and there, so I learned
from the traders who came to New Amsterdam, we
were having considerable trouble.
Master Van Twiller contrived also to get himself
into trouble with the English at Jamestown, and did
have a pitched battle with them at our forts at Nassau,
on the Delaware River, gaining a victory, but giving
the Dutch a bad name with their neighbors.