Pieter Stuyvesant

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

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Pieter Stuyvesant's Timeline

1607
1607
Peperga, Weststellingwerf, Friesland, The Netherlands
1645
August 13, 1645
Age 38
Breda, North Brabant, The Netherlands
1648
1648
Age 41
Friesland, Netherlands
1648
Age 41
1682
August 1682
Age 75
New York, New York
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