RESOLUTION to send a ship to St. Cruis for cassava

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Resolution drawn up this 7th of September 1643 at Fort Amsterdam on Curaçao.

After having deliberated on the provisions in the storehouse, we see that we would first lack groats, bread, stockfish and oil, which cannot last us more than two to three weeks at best, after the consumption of which we will be left only with a few beans, vinegar and meat for two months at most, if relief does not arrive within this time from the fatherland or Nieuw Nederlandt, as happened last year; and because it is now to be feared that we shall be destitute of everything and fall into a more serious state than the previous one, which the good Lord may prevent, we therefore find it of benefit to the Company, the peace and maintenance of these places, as well as necessary, to send the sloop again up to the island of St. Cruis in order to see whether any cassava can be obtained there and in the meantime we hope that the good Lord shall send us relief by this or other means for the stocking of our storehouse. Thus done and concluded at the place, day and year as given above. In witness whereof we have thus signed this with our own hands.

P. Stuyvesant
Brian Newton
L. Rodenborch
Jacob Matthijsen van Rijtthooven

Jan Classen Boll ] [i]


Signature illegible; probably Jan Classen Boll who appears in


Translation: Gehring, C., trans./ed., Curaçao Papers, 1640-1665 (New Netherland Research Center and the New Netherland Institute: 2011).A complete copy of this publication is available on the New Netherland Institute website.