Dutch Women in an English Colony, Historical Background



New Netherland’s existence as a Dutch-controlled colony was interrupted in 1664 when, as a part of Dutch-English worldwide trading rivalries, an English force sent by James, Duke of York, brother of King Charles II, sailed into the harbor. Peter Stuyvesant, although offered generous terms of surrender, wanted to fight but was persuaded by the citizens of the town to capitulate. The town and the colony became the possessions of the Duke; as proprietor he had complete power of governance but exercised relatively benign control and did not enact any punitive measures against the Dutch inhabitants.


Dutch Woman Punitive Measure Direct Trade Benign Control Trading Connection 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.URS CorporationBurlingtonUSA
  2. 2.School of Visual ArtsNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.AKRF, Inc.New YorkUSA

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