University of Oulu

Peter Stuyvesant’s leadership of New Netherland

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Author: Lodewijks, Henrik1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Faculty of Humanities, History
Format: ebook
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.4 MB)
Pages: 25
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Language: English
Published: Oulu : H. Lodewijks, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-06-01
Thesis type: Bachelor's thesis


My thesis focuses on the director general of New Netherland, Peter Stuyvesant. In my thesis I study in what kind of manner did he lead New Netherland and how was his relationship with the settlers of the colony. To find these answers I compare him to the previous director generals and also to his correspondence with the rulers of Amsterdam. In the thesis I reach the conclusion that Peter Stuyvesant was in fact almost a dictator. He had great amount of power and authority, way more than any of his predecessor. He used this power to rule the colony with an iron fist, and managed to grow the colony and make it quite successful. But because of his dictator like governing style the settlers did not like him. His relationship with the settlers was very rough which lead to the settlers mocking him with a cruel nickname and even protests being lead against him.


Tutkielmani keskittyy Uuden Hollannin johtajaan Peter Stuyvesant:iin ja siihen millainen johtaja hän oli. Tutkimuksessa pyrin saamaan vastauksen kysymyksiin: millainen johtaja Stuyvesant oli ja millainen hänen suhteensa siirtokunnan asukkaisiin oli? Tuloksena Peter Stuyvesant oli lähes diktaattori joka johti siirtokuntaa vahvalla otteella ja hänen siirtokuntansa asukkaat vihasivat häntä.

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