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Proceedings of the Council of Maryland, 1667-1687/8
Volume 5, Page 413   View pdf image (33K)
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Proceedings of the Council of Maryland, 1684-89. 413

The head of Chesapeake Bay in Maryland was not att that
time stated and soe the Marylanders did not so much take
notice either of the Sweedes or Dutch they looking upon them

both to be only traders and soe here to-day and gone to-mor-
row There being noe Navigation or Road betwixt the head of
the Bay and Delaware By which meanes the Marylanders
could be informed of the proceedings of the Dutch and Sweedes,
afterwards the Company repossest themselves with the Assis-
tance of that Frigate called the Wacgh which the Citty of
Amsterdam had sent to that purpose.
In the meane time arrived a Ship from Sweedeland and
hearing the Dutch had got their former possessions tooke a
great many Indians on board theire Ship upon the deck in
sight of the Dutch and so without any hindrance past by the
Fort Casimer of which the Dutch had possession and from
whome they might have sunck the Sweedes ship, but that they
were afraid of killing the Indians then on board in that manner
for both Nations as well Sweedes as Dutch did strive on both
sides to please and not to disoblige the Indians In Considera-
tion of the trade upon which they wholly depended.
The Sweedes ship sailed up as high as Tenauum hideing
themselves in a Creeke which therefore is called to this day
the Schuyl Kill in English hideing Creeke. The Sweedes
yielded themselves up most of their Officers went home except
their Capt & Leuitent Henryc Hengen factor and Heer
Lawrence theire priest All which persons I know very well and
have had several times a full relation of what was done in those
days. The Soldiers remaining in the Country as Inhabitants
amongst the Dutch who together made a considerable number
and so became as it were a Colony or Comon Wealth.
The Company being so indebted to the Citty of Amsterdam
as to the setting out of a man of warr in reduceing the South
River into their possession again they were Resolved to make
sale of their Title unto the said Citty which likewise was re-
quired from the other side soe both parties were soon agreed
The Company being rid of their uncertaine title did not only
pay their debt but is supposed had money to boote In fine the
Citty of Amsterdam were made Lords and Patrons of that
Colony in Delaware River whereof I myself have had a prsall
of some Papers concerning these matters.
A ship called the prince Maurice was provided to goe to the
said Colony a Governor and Counsell appointed and a Com-
pany of Soldiers Consisting of about sixty men put aboard and
I myselfe was made supuatargoe over the said Ship and
goods, there being to the Number of one hundred and eighty
Souls aboard the said Ship which sailed out of the Texell the
25th day of December 1656. The said passengers coming into

P. R. O.


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