1640


Mar 10
Edward Howell, Daniel Howe, Job Sayer, Edward Farrington and four other new residents of Lynn, Massachusetts, draw up The Disposall of the Vessell, articles of agreement in which the ship they arrived in is turned over to Howe, who agrees in exchange to make six trips over the next two years to convey and supply the others while they settle Paumanacke (Long Island).

May 10
A militia is formed in New Amsterdam.

 

City
A Dutch church is erected inside the stockade. ** Staten Island's David Pietersz De Vries leases out the island when his plantation there fails to attract settlers. ** A few pigs disappear on Staten Island. Governor Willem Kieft sends 100 armed men to the island where they kill several Raritan Indians, including a sachem. The Raritan burn a farm and kill four Dutch workmen - the Pig War. ** A colony of Massachusetts Quakers settles at Gravesend, Brooklyn, under the protection of the Dutch government.

State
Connecticut English colonists attempting to set up a colony on the North Shore
of today's Nassau County are driven off by the Dutch. They move further east, setting up a colony at Southampton, even though it too is part of Dutch territory. ** Albany's first church (Reformed Protestant Dutch) is built.

 

1641


Aug 29
Family heads in New Amsterdam select a representative government, the Board of Twelve Men.

 

City
Scandinavian sea captain Jonas Bronck buys 500 acres north of Manhattan to farm tobacco. ** Overseer Jacob Stoffelson has city slaves removing dead hogs from the streets. ** In a double wedding Anthony van Angola and Catalina van Angola, and Lucie d'Angola and Laurens vam Angola, all slaves, are married in the Dutch Reformed Church. ** Eight slaves are accused of murdering a ninth. One, Manuel, belonging to Gerrit de Reus, is chosen by lot to hang. The rope breaks and spectators successfully plead for his life. The others - Big Manuel, Little Manuel, Paulo d'Angola, Simon Congo, and Anthony Portuguese - are pardoned.

 

1642


Jan 20
New Amsterdam director Kieft convenes The Twelve Men to plan a campaign against the Algonquin.

Feb 18
Kieft dismisses The Twelve Men when they begin considering a permanent place in the government.

Feb 25
Kieft consents to the massacre of a band of innocent Algonquin Indians, forced into his area by hostile tribes in the Albany area.

March
Kieft's campaign against the Algonquin proves ineffective.

August
Father Jogues is captured by Mohawk Indians while on his way to the Jesuit Huron mission at Niagara. He will be ransomed by the Dutch within a year.

Dec 11
Faced with English settlers in Westchester County and on Long Island, Kieft appoints a special English secretary.

 

City
The approximate date the Dutch West India Company builds two taverns; Philip Geraerdy's at Stone and Whitehall, and City Tavern at Coentes and Pearl. The later is converted into the Stadt Huys (State House) by the end of the year. ** Twelve languages are spoken in the settlement. ** The daughter of minister Everardus Bogardus is married. Director Kieft takes advantage of the tippling guests by successfully soliciting subscriptions for a new stone church inside the fort. Construction begins. ** The Dutch engage in hostilities with New Jersey's Hackensack Indians over whiskey. ** European colonists settle on Long Island along Newtown Creek, near the Indian village of Mespaetches, the future site of Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood.

State
The Reverend Johannes Megapolenses is made pastor of Albany's new Reformed Protestant Dutch church. ** Dutch-born Arent Van Curler makes his first visit to the site of Schenectady. ** Mahican warriors begin arriving at villages of the Wecquaesgeek (Wappinger) Indians along the eastern bank of the lower Hudson River, seeking tribute, in order to pay for Dutch weapons.

Long Island
Rhode Island Narragansett sachem Miontonimo and 100 warriors visit Metoac villages in the summer to recruit allies for a war against the Mohegan in Connecticut. Governor Kieft misinterprets the Indians' intention, becoming convinced a secret uprising is being organized against Europeans.

 

1643


Feb 25
New Amsterdam's Director General Kieft makes war on Indians at Corlaer's Hook and Pavonia, precipitating a war that lasts over the next two years.

April
Staten Island farmer David De Vries convinces 18 Metoac sachems to signed a treaty of truce with Kieft. Envoys are sent to the Hackensack and Tappan urging them also to sign.

September
Indians murder Anne Hutchinson and her family in Eastchester.

Sep 13
Kieft seeks counsel from a new body, The Eight.

 

City
Population: 800. 18 languages are spoken. ** French Jesuit priest Father Isaac Jogues visits the city. ** Settler Jonas Bronck dies. ** Wecquaesgeek Indians resist demands for tribute by the Mahicans. Several are killed and many women and children captured. The Wecquaesgeek flee south to Manhattan, expecting protection from the Dutch, who are supplying guns for the Mahicans. When they cross the river to New Jersey, Kieft becomes convinced an attack is imminent and attacks their villages, massacring 110 (the Pavonia Massacre). The Wappinger War (Governor Kieft's War) begins, lasts until 1645. ** The Long Island community of Middelburgh or Middleburg (later known as New Towne and finally Elmhurst) is settled by the English. ** Fort Amsterdam is built at the southern tip of the island. ** Martin Krigier opens a tavern on Bowling Green.

State
John Carman and Robert Fordham arrive on Long Island from Stamford, Connecticut, negotiate for a 10-mile-wide strip from the Sound to the Atlantic with the Indians, and start the first English settlement, on the island's Hempstead Plains.

 

1644


Feb 25
A number of black New Amsterdam slaves, having worked for the West India company for over 18 years, are granted conditional emancipation.

March
English and Dutch colonists destroy Canarsee, Massapequa, and Merrick villages on western Long Island. ** Kieft declares a day of thanksgiving after his forces kill 500 Indians.

April
Jesuit father Joseph Bessani is captured by Mohawks while he's en route to The Huron missions in the Niagara region. He's later ransomed by the Dutch.

Jun 18
The Eight seeks an expanded role in the government.

October
The Eight seek relief from the Dutch government.

 

City
A number of black slaves, including Big Manuel, Little Manuel, Paulo d'Angola, Simon Congo, and Anthony Portuguese, half-freedom. They were free on a bond, payable in labor, while their children remained slaves.

State
English-Connecticut mercenary John Underhill, along with two companies of 120 volunteers, and Mohegan scouts, hired by Kieft for 25,000 guilders, kills over 120 Indian men, women and children at their fort (Fort Neck) near today's Massapequa. ** Connecticut pioneers, among them John Seren, settle north of Long Island's Hempstead Plains.

Immigrants
Claes Martin van Roosevelt arrives in New Amsterdam.

 

1645


Jul 25
Jan Evertse Bout is granted land in Brooklyn.

Aug 9
The Dutch and the Algonquin establish peace through Mohawk intermediaries.

Aug 30
The Dutch and the Indians sign the peace treaty at New Amsterdam. Only 100 whites are left in the city.

Oct 10
New York's governor Willem Kieft issues letters of patent to English immigrants Thomas Applegate, Lawrence Dutch, Thomas Farrington, Robert Field, Robert Firmin, John Hicks, John Lawrence, William Lawrence, John Marsten, Thomas Saul, Henry Sawtell, Thomas Stiles, William Thorne, John Townsend, William Widgeon and Michael Willard, for the Long Island settlement of Flushing.

Nov 24
The Hudson River freezes over for the season at Rensselaerwyck.

 

City
The Oakland Gardens area of Queens is settled, by Flushing patentee John Hicks. ** Hoping to form a buffer between New Amsterdam and the Long Island tribes, Dutch officials encourage a group of New England religious dissenters led by Lady Deborah Moody to establish a colony at Gravesend, near Coney Island, in the future Brooklyn.

 

1646


May
New Amsterdam receives its first cargo of slaves.

Jul 28
Kieft is ordered to give up his post.

Nov 26
The Dutch West India Company declares the Village of Breuckelen a municipality, the first in present-day New York State.

December
The patroon system is judged a failure by the Dutch West India Company.

Dec 17
Former New Amsterdam schoolmaster Adam Roelantsen, often in trouble with the law and now reduced to taking in laundry, attacks Wyntje Theunis, wife of Herk Syboltsen, and is sentenced to be publicly flogged and banished. The sentence will be suspended because of his four motherless children.

 

City
Lawyer Adriaen van den Donck moves 50 families to his estate in the Bronx. The settlement will be wiped out by Indians. ** Farmer Jan Jansen Damen shoots bears in his orchard on lower Broadway, between Pine and Cedar streets, where the Equitable Building will one day rise.

State
A 40-foot-long whale is beached at the mouth of the Mohawk River during Spring floods. Four others will be beached in the area this year.

 

1647


May 11
Peter Stuyvesant arrives in Nieuw Amsterdam (New York City), as Director General, to replace Willem Kieft.

Sep 24
Stuyvesant forms a Board of Nine Men to help him govern New York.

Sep 27
Having sailed for Holland with ore samples from the colony aboard the Princess, Governor Willem Kieft drowns when the ship is wrecked in the Britain's Bristol Channel. Also lost are Dominie Bogardus and other officials.

December
Stuyvesant, his colony nearly bankrupt, jails Adrian van der Donck, leader of the Board of Nine Men, who are seeking stronger power.

 

City
Stuyvesant requires all Manhattan lots to be built on.

State
Father Ragueneu refers to a "waterfall of dreadful" height in the western part of the state. ** Hudson Valley patroon Killian Van Rensselaer dies in Amsterdam, Holland, without ever having visited the New World. He leaves the patroonship to his two sons.

 

1648


Jul 4
Breaking the peace with the French, Iroquois tribes attack Huron villages of Saint Joseph II and Saint-Michel in Ontario, Canada.

 

City
New Amsterdam's first pier is built, in the East River at Schreyer's Hook. ** A law calling for pigs to be penned is ignored.

State
Settlers under Van der Donck prepare a Remonstrance, or protest, against the management of the Dutch West India Company, to send to the Staats-General in the Netherlands. A map prepared for the report has since been lost.

 

1649


Jan 30
England's Charles I is beheaded.

Mar 16
Over a thousand Senecas and Mohawks attack the Huron villages of Saint-Ignace and Saint-Louis in Ontario.

Jul 29
The Nine Men inform the Dutch States-General they are sending three delegates to the Netherlands bearing A Petition of the Delegates, a Petition of the Commonality of New Netherland, and The Remonstrance of New Netherland, with charges against Stuyvesant's rule.

 

City
The city applies for designation as a municipality.

State
The Hurons, Neutrals and Eries are defeated by the Iroquois. ** The first purchase of land from Indians in the future Westchester County town of Greenburgh is made.

 

© 2002 David Minor / Eagles Byte

 

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