Peter Stuyvesant, attributed to Hendrick Couturier, circa 1660.
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Oil on wood. Dressed in armor,  shown head and shoulders

Credit: New-York Historical Society, Gift of Robert Van Rensselaer Stuyvesant

Appointed Director-General of the Dutch colony of New Netherland in 1647, Peter Stuyvesant led a fleet of seven vessels and some 700 men up the Delaware River to take possession of New Sweden for the Netherlands in 1655. In 1664 Stuyvesant would turn over both "New Amstel"–the name the Dutch gave to their new colony on the Delaware River–and New Netherlands to the English, ending Dutch possession of lands in North America.

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