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Peter of New Amsterdam
by James Otis
The story of the Dutch colony at New Amsterdam, through the eyes of the young lad Peter. Relates its settlement by the West India Company under the leadership of Peter Minuit, their transactions with the Indians including the purchase of the island of Manhattan, their overthrow of the Swedish forts to the south, and their surrender to English forces in 1664. The portrait of the contrasting figures of Peter Minuit and Peter Stuyvesant enlivens the narrative. Numerous black and white illustrations complement the text.  Ages 8-10
150 pages $11.95   

Table of Contents

Front Matter

Back Matter

Where I Was Born
Alone in Holland
An Important Introduction
I Go My Way
The Bargain
Sailing for the New World
A View of New Netherland
The "Brown Men" or Savages
Summoned to the Cabin
Toys for the Savages
Claim of the West India Company
Making Ready for Trade
Hans Braun and Kryn Gildersleeve
The Gathering of the Savages
Going Ashore
Buying the Island of Manhattan
Boats Used by the Savages
Wandering over the Island
The Homes of the Savages
Master Minuit's Home
Beginning the Work
A Strange Kind of Craft
Building a Fort
In Charge of the Goods
The Value of Wampum
Buildings of Stone
The Government
A Prosperous Town
Quarrelsome Slaves
A Brutal Murder
The Village Called Plymouth
I Go on a Voyage
A Lukewarm Welcome
Two Days in Plymouth
Forging Ahead
The Big Ship
Master Minuit's Successor
Trouble with the English
Master Van Twiller Discharged
Director Kieft
Unjust Commands
Master Minuit's Return
The Revenge of the Savages
Master Kieft's War
Director Petrus Stuyvesant
Time for Sight-Seeing
How the Fort Was Armed
Village Laws
Other Things about Town
A Visit of Ceremony
New Amsterdam Becomes a City
Master Stuyvesant Makes Enemies
Orders from Holland
Making Ready for War
An Unexpected Question
With the Fleet
Driving Out the Swedes
The Uprising of the Indians
An Attack by the Indians
Hastening Back to New Amsterdam
Coaxing the Savages
Interference with Religious Freedom
Punishing the Quaker
Other Persecutions
Dull Trade
The Charge Made by Hans Braun
Dismissed by Master Stuyvesant
English Claims
Idle Days
On Broad Way
Looking after the Ferry
The Coming of the English
A Weak Defense
Master Stuyvesant Absent
Disobeying Commands
Surrender of the City Demanded
A Three Days' Truce
Visitors from the English
Master Stuyvesant's Rage
The End of Dutch Rule
The City of New York

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