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/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif Who's the idiot that sold-off New-Amsterdam? I could have been reading this board in Dutch!
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Peter Minuit was the Dutch Governor of New York who bought the island of Manhatten from the Native Americans for some $24-$26 worth of beads (60 Dutch Guilders at the time) (and very attractive I am sure they were). There are some who would say, considering New York City's reputation in some circles, that he got a good deal ... but it is my home town and "I love New York."
Ultimately, the Dutch lost New Amsterdam, including the Hudson Valley, to the British. In 1664 a British fleet sailed into NY Harbor and the current Dutch Governer, Peter Stuyvesant surrendered the City without a fight. After some arguing over the details, New Amsterdam became a British Colony and was named New York in honor of the Duke of York in 1669.