Willem Kieft, another director of New Netherland arrived in 1638, much was already in disrepair and a large percentage of the populace was comprised of pirates, smugglers and prostitutes. Kieft's biggest concern seemed to be the natives. He tried to enforce ban on sexual relations between Dutch and Indians.1639 went so far as to demand "contributions" of wampum, maize and pelts from the Lenapes.
A pen drawing of two men in Dutch clothing presenting an open box of items to a group of Native Americans in feather headdresses stereotypical of plains tribes. Peter Minuit is credited with the purchase of the island of Manhattan in
Schenectady nests in a bend of the Mohawk River at the head of the Mohawk Valley, just west of the confluence of the Mohawk and the Hudson. In the seventeenth century, this is where Indian and Colonial trade goods moved by canoe.
Peter Stuyvesant, St. Mark's Church, East Village, NYC. IMG_1848LR edit by StevenC_in_NYC, via Flickr Here [Peter Stuyvesant] built a manor and chapel. Here he would live out his life and be buried, and here, over the parade of centuries, flappers, shtetl refugees, hippies and punks – an aggregate of local residents running from Trotsky to Auden to Charlie Parker to Joey Ramone – would shuffle past his tomb. Russell Shorto, from his book The Island at the Center of the World