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Receipt for Lumber and Provisions Shipped on the Galiot New Amstel, New Netherland to CuraƧao, 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 did these provisions and materials need to be shipped to the island?
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Document Description
Receipt for lumber and provisions shipped on the Galiot New Amstel, New Netherland to Curaçao, May 8, 1660.
Questions
  1. List the items being shipped and sort them into categories.
Translation
Document 63 from the Curacao Papers
I, the undersigned Laurens van Ruyven, commissary, hereby acknowledge to have received from Jacob JanszHuys, skipper of the galiotNieuwer Amstel, for the account of the Company, the following items: 71 beams, 156 timbers 27 hogsheads, 1 pipe (wheat, altogether 250 skipples) 1000 hoopsticks, 8 pieces of crooked timber, 14 tuns of bacon as well as meat, 2 wagons, 2 pipes, 2 chests 12 hogsheads (peas, altogether 175 skipples), 2 tuns of meat delivered to De Eyckenboomby skipper Jacob. The following is for the private account of the honorable lord director-general:
Two barrels of mackerel 
One hogshead of meatNet 420 lb.
Two tuns of the same, bothNet 520 lb.
        940 lb.
In acknowledgment of the truth thereof I have signed this with my own hand on the island of Curacao in FortAmsterdam, 8 May 1660. L. van Ruyven