Contract of Pieter Heyn to serve the West India Company for one year as a ship carpenter

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I, Pieter Heyn, born in De Ryp,[1] have this day bound myself for one year to the honorable director general, for the account of the West India Company, to work as a ship carpenter in the Company's service, for which labor I am to receive forty-five stivers a day. This day, the 14th of September A° 1648.

Piet Heyn
Cor. van Tienhoven


A village, midway between Alkmaar and Purmerend, province of North Holland.


Translation: Scott, K., & Stryker-Rodda, K. (Ed.). New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch, Vol. 3, Register of the Provincial Secretary, 1648-1660 (A. Van Laer, Trans.). Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.: 1974.A complete copy of this publication is available on the New Netherland Institute website.