Peter Stuyvesant

Peter Stuyvesant

Peter Stuyvesant (also Pieter or Petrus) (c. 1612 – August 1672) served as the last Dutch Director-General of the colony of New Netherland from 1647 until it was ceded provisionally to the English in 1664. He was a major figure in the early history of New York City. He is currently regarded as the greatest Director-General of New Netherland.


  • Nothing is of greater importance than the right early instruction of youth.
    • 1660 on the education of Youth-History of the State of New York By John Romeyn Brodhead, pg 508
  • I shall govern you as a father his children.
    • What he told to colonists when he arrived-Liberty Magazine
  • We derive our authority from God and the West India Company, not from the pleasure of a few ignorant subjects.
    • On complaints by frontier folks on his reforms-Liberty Magazine


  • I am sustained by the tranquility of an upright and loyal heart.
    • -Tranquility quotes
  • The Jews who have arrived would nearly all like to remain here.
    • On the arrival of Jews from Brazil, September 22, 1654-Heritage Civilization and the Jews
  • * The attack on St. Martin did not succeed as well as I had hoped, no small impediment having been the loss of my right leg.
    • Stuyvesant in a report to his employers of the West India Company-Claude J. Peck, Jr, Delivered to The Chicago Literary Club
  • Our little force will march on tomorrow or the day after.
    • -Annie Thoms, Christopher Marshall
  • I value the blood of one Christian more than that of a hundred Indians.
    • -Annie Thoms, Christopher Marshall
  • Your patience would fail you if I should continue to relate all the disrespectful speeches and treatment which your servants have been obliged to listen to and patiently to bear.
  • We pray that the deceitful race - such hateful enemies and blasphemers of the name of Christ -be not allowed to further infect and trouble this new colony.
  • To let her dail would be the greatest profit both for the company and for the merchants.
  • The people are grown very wild and loose in their morals.
  • The design of those commissioners, frigates and warlike force is directed rather against Long Island and these your Honors' possessions, than to the imagined reform of New England.
  • Praise the Lord, O England's Jerusalem: and Netherland's Zion, praise ye the Lord! He hath secured your gates, and blessed your possessions with peace, even here, where the threatened torch of war was lighted.
  • Powder and provisions failing, and no relief or reinforcement being expected, we were necessitated to come to terms with the enemy.
  • It would be altogether too tedious to insert here all the annual petitions for powder which were sometimes repeated two or three times a year.
  • It is not the least anxiety that we have so little powder and lead on hand.
  • It is my intention to proceed slowly with our trenches.

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