Library of American History; From the Discovery of America to the Present Time

Library of American History; From the Discovery of America to the Present Time

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...their wisdom by making a treaty of peace with the Iroquois or Five Nations, the most powerful tribal league that ever existed. The Dutch West India Company was formed in 1621, and was one of the most important trading enterprises, if perhaps we except the East India Company, ever known. It was a colossal monopoly, with imperial powers that were to last for twenty-two years, and which gave it the exclusive right to colonize, govern, and trade on the coast of Africa, from the tropic of Cancer to the Cape of Good Hope, and over the entire unoccupied coast of America from Newfoundland to the Straits of Magellan. The fleet of this enormous corporation consisted of thirty-two vessels of war, eighteen armed sloops, and many merchant ships. New Netherland, naturally, fell under the administration of the Company, and in March, 1623, it fitted out a vessel, named the New Netherland, designed for trade in the country of the same name. It was a staunch, well-found ship, like the people who launched her, and took out as colonists one hundred and ten men, women, and children, comprising thirty families. They were plentifully provided with domestic animals and agricultural implements. These settlers, known as " Walloons," had been driven from Holland by cruel perse Period II CoLONlZA TION AND Settle-Ment I6oj TO 1758 PURCHASE OF MANHATTAN ISLAND cution, in consequence of their religious beliefs. The old country homes of these voluntary exiles had been in the southern part of the Netherlands, most of whose population were Roman Catholics. The Walloons were of French origin, and were now seeking an abidingplace where they could worship God as they thought right. Captain Cornelius Jacobsen May, of Hoern, had charge of the ship and was ordered to remain...show more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236502477
  • 9781236502476