Peter Stuyvesant Document Signed: A COPY. One page, 8.5" x 14", The Netherlands, December 5, 1654. An 18th century copy of a 17th century deed for land in New Jersey. The Dutch colonial governor of New York, Stuyvesant was selected by the Dutch West Indian Company to direct all North American possessions, including New Amsterdam. He tyrannically ruled the colony, persecuted religious minorities and drove the Swedish from Delaware. He made peace with the Indians, but in 1664, the British ousted him, but he continued to live in New York City. Written in Dutch at the top and translated into English at the bottom, the deed reads in part, "Peter Stuyvesant, under the Right and Honorable, the High and Mighty Lords States General of the United Netherlands, and the Directors of the General authorized West India Company, Governor General of New Netherland thereon, with the Honourable Council, declare that on this day, the date hereunderwritten, We have Given and Granted Unto Jan Lubbertsen, a piece of Land laying over the North River, between Pernoenapaen and Kill Van Koll, Stretching Along the River of Bay South West, is broad eighty rods, and broad behind in the woods eighty rods, Stretching into the Woods North Northwest and is long on both sides one hundred and eighty seven and a half a Rods, Making together Twenty five morgan; with express condition and Precontract...Thus done in New Amsterdam in New Netherland the 5th day of Decemember One thousand six hundred and fifty four". This land constitutes the Pavonia colonies which is Bergen and Hoboken, New Jersey. The document was copied in New York City April 27, 1764. Very fine condition with attractive display appearance.

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