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Manifest of Animals and Provisions Shipped from Curaçao to New Netherland, May 8, 1660


Historical Context
The dominant role of the Dutch in the formation of a global trade network began with a series of events which took place in the early 17th century. In 1602, the Dutch East India Company was formed as a means of maximizing trade in the East. Seven years later, in 1609, an English explorer named Henry Hudson claimed a portion of the North American continent for the Dutch. Eventually, the Dutch West India Company was chartered in 1621 in an effort to expand Dutch trading opportunities to the Americas.
With an official investment in expanding trade westward, the Dutch began their domination of the transatlantic trade. Dutch trading ports were established along the South American coast, on Caribbean islands, and in the North American Dutch colony of New Netherland. The combination of these new trading ports with the established trading ports in the East gave the Dutch a vast network of global trade.
 
Essential Question
How did the system of transatlantic trade meet the basic needs of different Dutch colonial regions?
Check for Understanding
Why would these items come from Curacao and be required in New Netherlands?
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MANIFEST of animals and provisions loaded at Curaçao for New Netherland, New York State Archives, NYSA_A1883-78_V17_062
Document Description
Manifest of animals and provisions loaded at Curacao for New Netherland, May 8, 1660.
Questions
  1. What items are being loaded on the ship?
Translation
Document 62 from the Curacao Papers
The Island of Curacao, 8 May 1660 Bill of lading of the goods loaded in the galiot Nieuw Amstel, destination Amsterdam in N. Nederlandt. The honorable lord vice-director Matthias Becx consigns to the honorable lord director-general and council of N. Nederl’t: 22 head of horses. The honorable lord vice-director Matthias Becx consigns to the honorable lord director-general Petrus Stuyvesant: 1 pot lemon juice, 1 anker lemon juice, 1 chest, 6 sheep and 6 castrated goats. The honorable lord vice-director Matthias Becx consigns to Mr. Cornelis van Ruyven: 2 posts of lemon juice, 2 mares. The honorable vice-director Matthias Becx consigns to Mr. Johannes Verbruggen: 2 posts of lemon juice. Jacob Jansen Huys consigns to himself: 1 barrel of sugar containing 150 pounds, 40 blocks of cheese. Franck Bruyn consigns to the honorable lord director general Petrus Stuyvesant: 1 half aem of conch. Item consigned to Mr. Johannes Verbruggen and Dr. Hans Kierstede: 1 barrel of conch. Madam van Ruyven consigns to DomineJoh. Megapolensis: One box. Laruens de sille, supercargo on the galiotNieuwer Amstel