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1614 Fort Van Nassau is built on Westerlo Island. Map showing Dutch explorations of region and the fort is presented to States General in Holland, who grant permission for further trading voyages. Hendrick Christiaensen is named fort commander.
1617 Onkwehon:we slay Hendrick Christiaensen for fancied wrong. Flood washes out Fort Van Nassau, which is then rebuilt at foot of Normanskill.
1618 1617 treaty1618 treatyEelkens, new commander of Fort Van Nassau, signs the Treaty of Tawasentha at Normanskill outlet, “in all the solemn forms of Indian diplomacy.” The Mohawks were the prime movers of the treaty, pursuant to the customs of the League, many other Nations were also invited under the Tree of Great Peace and sent delegates and Chiefs to attend the council.The role of the Mohawks as keepers of the Easter Door and founder of the League of 5 Nations was acknowledged by the parties represented, and the solemn treaty of amity and alliance with the Dutch was signed with ceremony.The Belt of Peace was held fast at one end by the Statesmen of the League and at the other by the Dutch, the other parties resting under its middle. The calumet was smoked, and the tomahawk buried. Over it the Dutch declared that “they would erect a church, so that none should big it up again. The Five Nations and others observed this covenant treaty until the time of the American Revolution.The Thirty Years’ War begins in Europe, it will involve most Western European nations and be immensely destructive.The Thirty Years’ War (1618–1648) was a series of wars principally fought in Central Europe, involving most of the countries of Europe. It was one of the longest and most destructive conflicts in European history, and one of the longest continuous wars in modern history. Conflict within the Holy Roman Empire and disputes over internal politics and the balance of power within the Empires of Europe played a significant part. Gradually, it developed into a more general conflict involving most of the great powers of the time. In this general phase the war became less specifically religious and more a continuation of the Bourbon–Habsburg rivalry for European political pre-eminence, leading in turn to further warfare between France and the Habsburg powers.  This war precipitated the dissolution of the great Onkwehon:we pre-contact peace.
1621 Dutch West India Company is formed at Amsterdam to develop trade in America.

The Dutch Slave trade commenced when the Dutch West India Company imported 11 African slaves to New Amsterdam in 1626.

According to tradition, Peter Minuit ‘purchased’ the island of Manhattan from Onkwehon:we on May 24, 1626 for goods to the value of 60 Dutch guilders, which in the 19th century was estimated to be the equivalent of $24 (or $1000 USD in 2006).

The Mahikans seek Dutch support against the Mohawks and Fort Orange commander Daniel Kriekebeck is killed by Mohawks for aiding Mahikans and the settlement is largely evacuated. Peter Minuit, (Pieter Minuit, Pierre Minuit or Peter Minnewit) was a Walloon from Wesel, (in present-day North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany), then part of the Duchy of Cleves was the Director of the Dutch colony of New Netherland from 1626 until 1633.

1629 Approximately 1 million acres, is acquired for Patroon Kiliaen Van Rensselaer and known as Rensselaerswijck (now Albany and Rensselaer Counties). On orders from Holland, patroonships are created for those who would establish settlements.
1630 Ship Unity sets sail from Amsterdam with 30 settlers for Van Rensselaer’s colony. Unity arrives in early June.
1636 Albert Andriesen Bradt rents a sawmill on the Normanskill Creek from the Patroon.
1640 First Dutch minister Domine Johannes Megapolenis arrives. Hendrick Albertsen establishes first ferry to Greenbush.
1648 Treaties of Westphalia ends Thirty Years’ War.


The New England Company is founded by an Act of Oliver Cromwell’s Parliament on 27 July 1649.  Originally known as “The Company for Propagation of the Gospel in New England and the Parts Adjacent in America”, its mandate was to propagate the Christian religion to and amongst “heathen natives” and for “civilizing, teaching and instructing the said heathen natives and their children, not only in the principles and knowledge of the true religion and in morality, and the knowledge of the English tongue and in other liberal arts and sciences…”. In 1650 the first schoolhouse is erected, Andreas Jansen teacher.


Dutch Governor Peter Stuyvesant has soldiers pull down Patroon’s flag and orders the removal of Patroons’s trading post and houses from vicinity of Fort Orange; creates free village of Beverwyck.

1655 First slave auction held in New Amsterdam

1658 Record beaver trade: more than 57,000 skins are shipped to Holland.
1660 Beverwyck and Fort Orange are enclosed in wooden stockades as defense against Indians.
1661 Arent Van Curler leaves Fort Orange (Albany) to found Schenectady, and satellite communities are developed.
1662 Governors of Boston, Nova Scotia and New York meet in Fort Orange to make peace with League of Great Peace.
1663 Small pox epidemic breaks out at Fort Orange and Beverwyck, killing many Onkwehon:we and settlers.
1664 Dutch surrender New Netherland to the English Duke of York. Beverwyck becomes Albany, an English community by conquest. Area is named for Scottish title of Duke of York and Albany. John Shutter is appointed the first English schoolmaster.
1666 Parliament passes the Navigation Acts to regulate mercantilist balance of trade with British Colonies.
1673 The Dutch recapture Albany, and rename it Willemstadt. It will be returned to English by treaty in 1674.
1676 Fort Frederick is built on hill. State Street is called Jonkheers’s or “Gentlemen’s” Street.
1677 Commissioners from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland and Virginia come to Albany to make peace with League of Great Peace.
1683 Albany County is established by New York Provincial Assembly
1684 Mohawks and the League of Great Peace declare Albany their “House of Peace,” or treaty capital. Fur trade fades, grain becomes cash crop.
1686 1686 Dongan CharterGovernor Thomas Dongan grants Albany a city charter, the “Dungan Charter.” Pieter Schuyler is appointed mayor; Robert Livingston, clerk. NOTE: In 1694 the legitimacy of New York’s charter is officially questioned by the British.  A Nov. 29, 1700 letter states:”Besides all that, it appears plainly that the charter of New York is not a Legal Charter, for the original I have lately seen, is sealed with ye Duke of York’s seale, and neither the Great Seal of Engld. nor Seale of the Province, yet it bears date the 2nd year of K. James, so that the whole foundation is wrong: In strictness this is no city, and all the judgments that have been passed in their Mayor’s Court are void; yet Col. Dungan, I am told, & Mr. Graham got a good sum of money for this charter.  I send you ye printed Copy of ye sd Charter.” (Extr. Earl of Bellomont to Secretary Board of Trade, Nov. 29, 1700
1690 Massacre of Schenectady by French and French-aligned Onkwehon:we. Simon Schermerhorn rides all night to warn Albany.

5 Nations Territory by 1711

5 Nations Territory by 1711

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