Historical records matching Peter Minuit
About Peter Minuit
Peter Minuit was the Third Director-General of New Netherland. He is credited with purchasing the Island of Manhattan from the Lenape indians on May 24, 1626
In 1631 Governor Minuit was recalled to Holland, presumably for granting privileges to the patroons at the expense of the Dutch West India Company. A few years later he entered Swedish service and was given command of two vessels of mainly Swedish colonists, who established (March 1638) New Sweden—the first settlement on the Delaware River. There Minuit again purchased land from the Indians and built Fort Christina (later Wilmington). On a trading expedition soon after to the island of Saint Christopher in the West Indies, Minuit was lost at sea in a hurricane.