Administrative History

The Dutch West India Company (WIC) appointed Petrus Stuyvesant director-general of New Netherland, Curacao, Bonaire, Aruba, and their dependencies in 1647, a position in which he served until 1664. During the first six years of his term he successfully dealt with significant problems which had mounted during the previous administration including issues relating to trade with native tribes; boundary lines between New England and New Netherland; competition for trade in the Delaware Valley with England and Sweden; encounters with New Sweden settlements on the Delaware River; trade in the Caribbean; and the relationship between Rensselaerwijck, the patroonship of Kiliaen van Rensselaer, and Fort Orange and the WIC. Although there were problems with the Swedes and Native Americans in the Hudson Valley, 1654 to 1664 marked a period of growth in New Netherland.