Peter Stuyvesant

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Peter Stuyvesant

Peter Stuyvesant (also Pieter or Petrus) (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. He was a major figure in the early history of New York City. He is currently regarded as the greatest Director-General of New Netherland.


  • Nothing is of greater importance than the right early instruction of youth.
    • History of the State of New York By John Romeyn Brodhead, pg 508 : 1660 on the education of Youth.
  • I shall govern you as a father his children.
    • Liberty Magazine : What he told to colonists when he arrived.
  • We derive our authority from God and the West India Company, not from the pleasure of a few ignorant subjects.
    • Liberty Magazine : On complaints by frontier folks on his reforms.

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