Merchants. Traders. Government officials. They lived on the island of Manhattan in the 17th century, in a city called New Amsterdam. Details from their lives are reflected in historical records that have been preserved for over 300 years. These records include business contracts, loan agreements, wills, deeds, court transcripts, marriage contracts, and more. The archival records illuminate a time, a place, and a diverse population from which we can both gain new perspectives, and identify common threads.
The seventh and final Director-General of New Netherland, Stuyvesant was installed by the Dutch West India Company in 1647 and governed until the English takeover in 1664.
The Wolferts were two of the many immigrants who arrived in New Amsterdam during the 17th century.