Peter Stuyvesant

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J. A. Hill, 1893 - 232 pages
Three years after the Pilgrims founded the Massachusetts Colony in 1620, the Dutch founded their own North American colony on the island that would eventually become New York City. When leading members of the Dutch colony, called New Amsterdam, needed a n.

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