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Freedenburg, Passengers 1640

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  • Joost van den Bogaert (c.1589 - aft.1642)
    Joost van den Bogaert, involved in the earliest days of the New Netherland colonies, the South or Delaware River especially, married Angnieta (Niesjen) Jans Selijns in February 1618. Joost van den Bo...

The Freedenburg 1640-1641

  • Sailed from Holland July /August 1640
  • Arrived to Nya Sverige 2 November 1640
  • Sailed from Nya Sverige 3 december 1640
  • Arrived to Holland 1641

This ship was employed by an agent for families from Utrech, in Holland, who may have been recruited by Peter Minuit before he died. The ship, with about twenty families, set sail from Holland, not Sweden, and only after several delays due to tense international relations. The colonists's goal was to establish a semi-independent settlement with allegiance to the Swedish crown. Names of passengers, the exact location of the settlement is not known, but they occupied land three or four Swedish miles below Christina, and how long it survived or maintained its semi-autonomy are mysteries.


  • Jacob Powelsen, Captain

Passengers and Soldiers

  • Joost van den Bogaert, Director for the New Swedish company

He was in New Netherland returning to Holland in 1625 on Orangenboom. It is a curious fact that Joost van den Bogaert disappears from history with his settlement in 1642. Sickness befell the Sweden Colony in 1642. It is therefore possible that Bogaert and some of his people died in that year. The surviving Dutch settlers probably removed to Fort Nassau or to New Amsterdam.

  • Henrik Hooghkamer,

20 families

(About 50 souls in all)


Return voyage

  • to Holland in 3 december 1640, arriving in 1641