Correspondence, 1654–1658

Correspondence, 1654–1658

New Netherland Institute


Translated and edited by Charles T. Gehring.

This volume of the Dutch Colonial Manuscripts contains the correspondence of Petrus Stuyvesant, director general of New Netherland, from 1654-1658. By the end of 1653 Stuyvesant had resolved the long-festering dispute with Rensselaerswijck by establishing the jurisdiction of Fort Orange/Beverwijck; stabilized the border with New England at the treaty of Hartford; and outmaneuvered the Swedes on the Delaware by erecting Fort Casimir. However, the New Year began with ominous clouds on the horizon.