Peter Stuyvesant Biography

Folk Hero, Explorer (c. 1612–1672)
Dutch colonial governor Peter Stuyvesant is best known for trying to resist the English seizure of New York and is a major figure in the early history of New York City.


Dutch colonial governor Peter Stuyvesant became director general of all Dutch possessions in North America and the Caribbean in 1645. Upon his arrival in New Amsterdam, he established a council and the first municipal government for the city. In August 1664, Stuyvesant was forced to surrender New Netherland to the British and New Amsterdam became New York City.

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