Correspondence, 1647–1653

Correspondence, 1647–1653

New Netherland Institute


Translated and edited by Charles T. Gehring.

This volume of the Dutch Colonial Manuscripts contains the correspondence of Petrus Stuyvesant from 1647-1653. It represents the first six years of his seventeen-year tenure as director general of New Netherland, spanning the final years of the war with Spain through the first war with England. Stuyvesant arrived in the West India Company province which had experienced years of desolation under the previous director, Willem Kieft. The destructive Indian wars pursued by Kieft had created an atmosphere of despair and discontent among the population which led to his recall. Stuyvesant was sent as Kieft's replacement to restore order and discipline in New Netherland.