Capitulation of Fort Casimir

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No. 3 First, the commander shall, whenever it may please him and he has the opportunity by arrival of private vessels or vessels belonging to the Crown, be permitted to carry away out of Fort Casimier, the Crown's cannons both large and small; consisting, according to the declaration of the commander, of four iron-pounders and five shot-pieces[1], i.e., four small and one large.

Second, twelve men shall march out fully-armed as a lifeguard to the commander with the Crown's flag; the remainder retaining only their side arms, except for the guns and muskets that belong to the Crown, which shall be and remain at the commander's disposal to remove the same from the fortress or to have them removed whenever the commander shall have an opportunity thereto.

Third, the commander shall not be prevented from taking his movable effects, or from having them removed whenever it pleases him, together with the effects of all the officers.

Provided that the commander on this day be committed to place into the hands of the General, Fort Casimier with all pieces and ammunition, materials and other effects belonging to the General Chartered West India Company.

Done, concluded and signed by the contracting parties on the 11th of September, 1655 on board the ship, De Waech, lying at anchor near Fort Casimier.

P. Stuyvesant
Swen Schute


schroot stucken: cannon used to fire grape or cannister shot.


Translation: Gehring, C. trans./ed., New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch, Vols. 18-19, Delaware Papers: Dutch Period, 1648-1664 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.: 1981).A complete copy of this publication is available on theĀ New Netherland Institute website.