Saturday, May 5, 2012
Please forgive me. I have neglected my duty. This is a post for yesterday's Today in the History of Europe... I mean yesterday, (May 4) Peter Minuit, a Walloon from Wesel (modern day Germany) decided to cross the Ocean Blue, though much later than the 1492 year in which we get this fantastically memorizable line for children, to discover and found the colony of New Netherlands. It was Peter Minuit who purchased the island of Manhattan (in 1614) for the Dutch at a price of 6o Guilders. Peter got a pretty good deal on the landscape that would become New York City.