By Cornelis C. Goslinga
To English-speaking historians, the writer of this publication, a Dutchman who for a few years now unearths his base on the college of Florida, grew to become renowned while his The Dutch within the Caribbean and at the Wild Coast, 158~I680 used to be released in 1972. at the moment Professor Goslinga, who ahead of his educational occupation within the usa, lived for a longer interval in Cura~ao, Netherlands Antilles, had already bought an outstanding popularity between Dutch Caribbeanists via his manifold guides on social, political and maritime features of Dutch West Indian background. by means of his education, pursuits and current place, Dr. Goslinga would appear to me to be singularly well-equipped to put in writing a entire heritage - geared to an English-speaking college public - of what used to be often called the Netherlands West Indies. the current e-book is the fabricated from this specialist apparatus and of his lengthy instructing adventure. it may cross some distance in filling the outdated and huge hole in ancient details in this a part of the previous Dutch empire, and that i wish an both large yet more youthful viewers will savour it.
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Fuenmayor remained on Bonaire for an entire week, discussing the perplexing situation with his war council. The majority opinion of this body was that the Spanish forces were much too weak to attack the main island, and, although Fuenmayor accused some of his officers of piercing holes in their own ships in order to prevent action, he was ultimately forced to give in. Besides, many of the Spaniards were sick, supposedly from the drinking water, thought to have been polluted by the Dutch before they left.
The Spaniards were unimpressed. Their losses were minimal, and as they refused to pay any levy the Dutch had no choice but to retreat. At the same time, however, Dutch ships sponsored by the Cura~ao government were plundering other parts of the Venezuelan coast, venturing as far away as the coastal towns of Puerto Rico. In 1641, Tolck was replaced by Jan Claeszoon van Campen (1641-1642), who had been commander of St. Martin up until 1633 when the Spaniards had claimed this island. In 1635 Van Campen had been sent to Cura~ao as an expert on salt but it is not known whether he made any improvements to the pans.
Eustatius, occupied the island. Simultaneous French claims led to a subsequent partition in which the Dutch retained the coveted saltpans. Back in the United Provinces, the Heren XIX were casting their eyes about for a new governor (the title was director-general) of New Netherland to take the place of the inept Willem Kieft. Stuyvesant, recently arrived in Holland for treatment of his wound, seemed to all of them the right man for the position. Even as a cripple Peg-leg Stuyvesant remained an imposing figure, inspiring his subordinates and impressing his superiors.