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Pieter Stuyvesant

Also Known As: "Petrus Stuyvesant", "Peter Stuyvesant", "Pieter Stuijvesant", "'Pieter Poot'"
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Birthplace: Peperga, Weststellingwerf, Friesland, The Netherlands
Death: Died in New York, New York
Place of Burial: New York, New York County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Balthazar Johannes Stuyvesant, ds. and Margaretha Hardenstein
Husband of Judith Bayard
Father of Balthazar Lazarus Stuyvesant and Nicolas William Stuyvesant
Brother of Annetje Stuyvesant
Half brother of Balthazar Stuyvesant; Catharina Stuyvesant; Margrietje Stuyvesant and Tryncke Stuyvesant

Occupation: Served as the last Dutch Director-General of the colony of New Netherland from 1647 until it was ceded provisionally to the English in 1664. He was a major figure in the early history of New York City. (see Wikipedia), Governor
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About Pieter Stuyvesant

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Stuyvesant

Peter Stuyvesant (c. 1612 – August 1672), served as the last Dutch Director-General of the colony of New Netherland from 1647 until it was ceded provisionally to the English in 1664, after which it was renamed New York. He was a major figure in the early history of New York City.

Stuyvesant's accomplishments as director-general included a great expansion for the settlement of New Amsterdam beyond the southern tip of Manhattan. Among the projects built by Stuyvesant's administration were the protective wall on Wall Street, the canal that became Broad Street, and Broadway.

Although conventionally referred to in English today as "Peter Stuyvesant", Stuyvesant's given name was actually "Pieter" or "Petrus"; "Peter" is not found in historical records.

Stuyvesant was born in Peperga, Friesland in the Netherlands, to Balthazar Johannes Stuyvesant, a minister, and Margaretha Hardenstein in 1612. He grew up in Scherpenzeel. He studied languages and philosophy in Franeker,[1] and joined the West India Company about 1635, and was director of the Dutch West India Company's colony of Curaçao from 1642 to 1644.

In April 1644, he attacked the Spanish-held island of Saint Martin and lost the lower part of his right leg to a cannon ball. He returned to the Netherlands, where his right leg was amputated and replaced with a wooden peg. Supposedly, Stuyvesant was given the nickname "Old Silver Leg" because he used a stick of wood driven full of silver bands as a prosthetic limb.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attack_on_Saint_Martin

• 93 New Netherland citizens signed the Remonstrance to convince him to surrender New Netherland to the British in September 1664.

Dutch Colonial Governor. His given name was actually "Pieter" or "Petrus." He was the 7th and last Director-General of the Dutch colony of New Netherland (now part of present-day New York City). He was born in Peperga, Friesland in the Netherlands and grew up in Scherpenzeel. After studying languages and philosophy at the University of Franeker, he joined the West India Company around 1635. He served as the director of the Dutch West India's Company's colony of Curacao in the southern Caribbean Sea from 1642 to 1644. In 1644, he attacked the Spanish-held island of Saint Martin in the northeast Caribbean Sea and lost the lower part of his right leg to a cannon ball. He returned to the Netherlands shortly thereafter where his leg was amputated and replaced with a wooden peg. In May 1645 he was selected to become the new Director-General of the New Netherland Dutch colony in North America, and arrived in New Amsterdam on May 11, 1647. He was an intimidating figure with his silver-tipped peg leg, a large sword, and dark mustache, and ruled the colony with an iron fist through the establishment of new strict laws, including the abolishment of taverns and brothels, and requiring all citizens to attend church. He was intolerant of other religions, especially with Quakers and Jews. However, he did attempt to mend relations with the Native Americans by requiring they be paid properly for their services. He also quarreled with neighboring Dutch colonies over boundaries to the point of using force to do his will. In 1655, he led an expedition into the Delaware River against the colony of New Sweden and took possession of it, naming it "New Amstel." In 1664, King Charles II of England ceded to his brother, James II of England, a large tract of land in the American colonies that included the Dutch colony of New Netherland. The English sent four ships with 450 men commanded by Richard Nicolls to seize the Dutch colony and on August 30, 1664, the English sent a letter to Stuyvesant demanding his surrender, to which he reluctantly agreed. On September 9, 1664 he signed a treaty at his residence, obtaining civil rights and freedom of religion for the Dutch settlers in the treaty's Article of Capitulation. New Amsterdam was renamed New York City and Richard Nicolls was declared the new English governor. After a trip to the Netherlands in 1665 to report on his term as governor, he returned to New York City and lived out his life on his farm, named the Great Bouwerie, outside of the city. (bio by: William Bjornstad)


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Pieter Stuyvesant's Timeline

1592
1592
Peperga, Weststellingwerf, Friesland, The Netherlands
1645
August 13, 1645
Age 53
Breda, North Brabant, The Netherlands
1647
October 1647
Age 55
New York, New York County, New York, United States
1648
December 1648
Age 56
New Amsterdam, New Netherland
1664
September 1664
Age 72
New Amsterdam

the more than 90 signers of the document (Remonstrance to Stuyvesant) are attached here in two photos.

A Geni document has been created that cross references the individuals to their Geni profiles.

http://www.geni.com/documents/view?doc_id=6000000031153339775

1682
August 1682
Age 90
New York, New York
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New York, New York County, New York, United States