By Cornelis C. Goslinga
To English-speaking historians, the writer of this e-book, a Dutchman who for a few years now reveals his base on the college of Florida, turned popular while his The Dutch within the Caribbean and at the Wild Coast, 158~I680 was once released in 1972. at the moment Professor Goslinga, who sooner than his educational occupation within the usa, lived for a longer interval in Cura~ao, Netherlands Antilles, had already bought a superb attractiveness between Dutch Caribbeanists by way of his manifold guides on social, political and maritime facets of Dutch West Indian background. by way of his education, pursuits and current place, Dr. Goslinga would appear to me to be singularly well-equipped to write down a accomplished background - geared to an English-speaking collage public - of what used to be often called the Netherlands West Indies. the current ebook is the made of this specialist gear and of his lengthy instructing adventure. it may pass some distance in filling the outdated and huge hole in old info in this a part of the previous Dutch empire, and that i desire an both huge yet more youthful viewers will savor it.
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Extra info for A Short History of the Netherlands Antilles and Surinam
From an almost unassailable position in the Caribbean in 1665 and the beginning of 1666, England's strength had dissipated until by the summer of 1666 she was clearly on the defensive. The employment of buccaneers to further national goals had been a grievous mistake. The French, aiming to consolidate their holdings in the area, continued to push the offensive. Colbert set up another French West India Company, and initiated a new colonial policy for the French Antilles by which new governors, following new orders, imposed rigid restrictions on trade with all foreigners, including the Dutch ally.
On the other hand, the colonists of New Netherland were not given to altruistic motives or patriotic sentiments either, and refused to renounce their commercial intercourse with the neighboring French, English, and Swedish settlers across the border. Only in times of dire need did the bond of a common ancestry transcend pecuniary commitment: for instance when, after a few dry seasons, the islands were suffering from famine, and Stuyvesant, in the nick of time, saved the population by sending a ship with provisions.
His father had sent him to the University of Franeker to receive a higher education, but young Peter had become romantically involved with the daughter of his landlord and as a result had been forced to leave the university. Thereupon, he had entered upon a life of scrupulous service to the West India Company. His first position as a junior clerk took him to the island of Fernando de Noronha, where he had to check the cargoes of all incoming and outgoing ships. In time he was transferred to Pernambuco in the same category.
A Short History of the Netherlands Antilles and Surinam by Cornelis C. Goslinga