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Not only would his people not support him now, the Dutch had little gunpowder and few lead bullets on hand with which to defend themselves. Just as the Swedes had been forced to surrender to the Dutch without firing a shot, so now the Dutch surrendered to the English warships in their harbor at New Amsterdam on September 8, 1664. The name of the colony was changed to New York after one of the men chosen by Charles II to serve as proprietor of the colony, the Duke of York. While many Swedes remained in North America, they chose to live under Dutch control.
Stuyvesant had come to the Dutch colony as a young man in his late teens. As director general, he ruled New Amsterdam with an iron fist. (In fact, Stuyvesant had a wooden leg held together with silver nails. ) Now, with the English at the Dutch door, Stuyvesant was prepared to make a stand to defend his colony from attack. But his subjects would not follow him. Stuyvesant was not a popular ruler with the people of New Amsterdam. ” Not only would his people not support him now, the Dutch had little gunpowder and few lead bullets on hand with which to defend themselves.
The Dutch, with equal aggression, had forced their European neighbors, the Swedes, from their trading posts along the Delaware River in 1655. The Swedes had established New Sweden in 1638, located in modern-day Delaware. ) But now, it was England’s turn to intimidate the Dutch in New Netherland. When the ships arrived, the Dutch governor, a fiery leader named Peter Stuyvesant, refused to surrender his colony under threat from English guns. Stuyvesant had come to the Dutch colony as a young man in his late teens.