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Manifest of the Goods Aboard the Galiot Nieuwer Amstel, June 16, 1659


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
Summarize the types of items being shipped and explain why the shipment was necessary.
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MANIFEST of goods loaded aboard the Nieuw Amstel bound for New Netherland, New York State Archives, NYSA_A1883-78_V17_048b
Document Description
Manifest of goods loaded on the Nieuw Amstel bound for New Netherland, June 16, 1659.
Questions
  1. Sort the items listed into categories.
Translation
48b from the Curacao Papers
In the GaliotNieuwer Amstel, 1659. Manifest of the goods loaded aboard the galiotN. Amstel, upon which Jacob Jansen Huys is skipper, destined to go to Amsterdam in New Netherland.194
At the island of St. CristoffelAugustinisHermans to N. Varlet and Company 
10 barrels containing3668 lb. sugar
1 chest containing550 lb. sugar
1 barrel containing68 lb. cotton
Item to himself 
1 barrel containing166 lb. sugar
2 barrels of molasses 
Pieter van Loo to Tieleman van Vleck 
1 cask of sugar        } 
                                   }provisions
1 cask of lemon juice } 
At the island of Curaçao Lord Vice Director Beck to the Lord D.-General Stuyvesant 
7 barrels containing 3789 lb. sugar 
24000 lb. dyewood 
last salt 
Item to the aforesaid Lord General 
1 small chest of sugar } 
                                    }provisions
1 chest of salt              } 
Item to the lords N. de Sille and P Tonneman 
1 small chest of sugar 
Item to Do. Driesius 
1 chest of sugar 
The Lord Director Beck to Johannes Verbrugge 
1 small chest of sugar } 
                                    }provisions
1 small barrel of salt   } 
Item to A. Hermans and N. Varlet 
1 barrel of sugar, provisions 
Item to Cornelis van Ruyven 
1 small barrel of sugar, provisions 
Lourens van Ruyven to C. van Ruyven 
1 barrel of conch 
Do. Siperius to H. Jansen van der Vin 
1 small barrel of sugar, provisions 
Mr. Vaendr.195 to Daniel Litsco 
1 barrel of conch 
Franck Bruyn to Dr. Hans Kiersteede 
1 barrel of conch 
Item to Johannes Verbrugge 
1 barrel of conch 
AugustinisHermans to N. Varlet and company 
23¼ last salt 
The following is what was loaded at the South River of Nieu Netherland before Fort Nieuwer Amstel, namely: AugustinisHermans 
14 bear skins2 half beavers
10 tanned deer hides12 untanned deer skins
2 fox, 1 lion skin4 elk skins
Salemon Hansen 
3 bundles of deer skins, 66 pieces1 pack of bear skins, 14 pieces
18 elk skins, 6 pieces1 chest, 1 sack of bedding
Mr. van Gasel 
3 bundles of deer skins, 76 pieces1 small pack in mats196
12 elk skins1 small pack of beavers
Mr. Beeckman197 
1 small pack of beavers, unmarked 
1 trunk 1 tun1 small pack of deer skins
1 small pack of deer skins1 ditto deer skins
Jacob the Company’s sergeant to Pieter Rudolphus 
2 packs of deer skins 
1 small pack of beavers 
 
In the galiot NieuwerB. Beyard, supercargo Amstel, the 16th of June 1659