RESOLUTION concerning naval operations

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Resolution drafted this 16th of June 1644 at Fort Amsterdam on Curaçao.

Whereas the galiot Amsterveen sailed from here on the 7th of this month to Bonnairo and returned on the 1lth with the report that there still was little chance of making salt in the pans, however, the hopes are good that before a month or 6 weeks have passed there should be enough for a few shiploads; therefore, we have decided that De Melckmeyt, together with the yachts De Neptunus and Paroquiet (so that they do not lie idle in the harbor here) be sent out cruising between Moena and Savona in order to help promote the Company’s profit and gain at the expense of our common enemy.

And whereas we have been informed that sometimes some salt can be obtained on the island Espaniola, particularly in the bay of Hato de Cavelliero, we have decided to dispatch there our aforesaid yachts Den Neptunus and De Paroquiet in order to investigate this with certainty and to inform us of it if it is so. Thus done and concluded this 16th of June at the place and year as stated above.

P. Stuyvesant
Jacob Loper
L. Rodenborch
Jan Jansen van Nimmegan
Pouwelis Lendersz
Jan Claessen


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.