The Life of Asser Levy

Information about the life of Asser Levy, as found in the records of the NYC Municipal Archives and the City of Amsterdam Archives, may be found here.

As you read about Levy's life, consider the following questions:

1.    Levy, like most residents of New Amsterdam, is involved in a variety of cases before the Court of Burgomasters and Schepens.  How would you describe Levy’s involvement in these different cases?  
2.    What do these cases tell us about Asser Levy’s early business activities?
3.    Compare Levy’s voluntary contribution of October 1655 to his pledge in February 1664. To what extent can these records be used to evaluate Levy’s success during his first decade in New Amsterdam?

Let us know what you think in the comments below.