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Peter Stuyvesant
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Painting attributed to Hendrick Couturier c. 1660
7th Director-General of New Netherland
In office
Preceded by Willem Kieft
Succeeded by Richard Nicolls (as Governor of the Province of New York)
Personal details
Born 1592
Peperga, Friesland, Netherlands
Died August 1672 (aged c. 80)
Manhattan, Province of New York
Judith Bayard
(m. 1645; his death 1672)
Relations See Stuyvesant family
Children Balthasar Lazarus Stuyvesant
Nicolaes Willem Stuyvesant
Parent(s) Balthazar Jansz Stuyvesant
Margaretha Hardenstein

Peter Stuyvesant (c. 1612 – August 1672), served as the last Dutch Director-General of the colony New Netherland (known today as New York City) from 1647 to 1664, when the English took control of the island. He was born in Peperga. He is a major figure in the early history of New York City. In Brooklyn, there are neighborhoods and streets named after him, such as named after him called Stuyvesant Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant (often shortened to Bedstuy).

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