Let us Stay

In 1657, 31 settlers in the Dutch colony of New Netherland (now New York and New Jersey) risked arrest and banishment when they spoke up in defense of members of the Society of Friends—known as Quakers—who had been banned from the colony. Insisting on their right “to do good unto all men,” these residents of Vlissingen (today’s Flushing, Queens) offered shelter to Quakers despite the disapproval of Director-General Petrus Stuyvesant.... Read More

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Key Events

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1609 Henry Hudson claims New York for the Dutch East India Company

1624 First European settlers arrive in what is now New York

1625 Dutch colony of New Amsterdam established on Manhattan Island

1640 A new charter promises “freedom of conscience” but confirms the Dutch Reformed Church’s monopoly on public worship

1640 Kieft’s War between Dutch colonists and Lenape Indians

1640 Kieft’s War between Dutch colonists and Lenape Indians

1647 Petrus Stuyvesant appointed Director-General of the Dutch colony

1654 The first Jewish settlers arrive and petition for the right to stay

1657 Long Island residents draft the Flushing Remonstrance, asserting their right to host Quaker visitors

1662 John Bowne travels to Amsterdam to appeal for the rights of Quakers

1740 Under English rule, which began in 1664, New York has houses of worship for the Church of England and six other Protestant denominations, as well as one synagogue

Key Events

1609 Henry Hudson claims New York for the Dutch East India Company
1624 First European settlers arrive in what is now New York
1625 Dutch colony of New Amsterdam established on Manhattan Island
1640 A new charter promises “freedom of conscience” but confirms the Dutch Reformed Church’s monopoly on public worship
1640 Kieft’s War between Dutch colonists and Lenape Indians
1640
Kieft’s War between Dutch colonists and Lenape Indians
1647 Petrus Stuyvesant appointed Director-General of the Dutch colony
1654 The first Jewish settlers arrive and petition for the right to stay
1657 Long Island residents draft the Flushing Remonstrance, asserting their right to host Quaker visitors
1662 John Bowne travels to Amsterdam to appeal for the rights of Quakers
1740 Under English rule, which began in 1664, New York has houses of worship for the Church of England and six other Protestant denominations, as well as one synagogue