Weslager, C. A.
Title A Man and His Ship: Peter Minuit and the Kalmar Nyckel.
Publisher Wilmington, Delaware: Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, (1989).
Seller ID qms386
Octavo, hardcover (blue boards), gilt letters, xii, 225 pp. Near-Fine, with lightly rubbed covers, in a Near-Fine dust jacket with light rubbing. From jacket: Many surprises await the reader in this this dramatic, real-life account of a Man and His Ship that Fate brought together. How and why they found each other is brought into sharp focus in this exciting book that opens doors of history that have been closed for many years. No biography of the central character, Peter Minuit, has ever been written because of the lack of source material. Dr. Weslager has dug deeply into untranslated documents to reconstruct events in the life of this unusual Man culminating in his leadership of the first Swdish expedition to America... How he came to be employed by the Dutch West India Company, and the highlights of his career as an executive in New Netherland, the Dutch colony in America, is presented in full and interesting detail. The author questions the story that he bought Manhattan island from the Indians for $24, and offers counter evidence. However, he gives Minuit full credit for envisioning Manhattan Island as a great commercial center where he consilidated the Dutch settlers.