New York

Rivals Living Amongst Each Other

Big Bad Britain

Britain always had beef with the Dutch. Even since the beginning when the first few colonies were being established. Britain cut the Dutch out of international trade with the Navigation Acts. Previous war opponents and trade rivals, Britain was now set out for the Dutch's land.

The English and Dutch Share New York

It's 1667 and change is happening and it is good! We now share a colony with the Dutch, who would've thought? The Duke of New York asked for a grant of land between the Delaware and Connecticut Rivers. The Dutch were already living in this area of land that England now wanted. England took over New Amsterdam and now we share a colony; formerly called New Amsterdam, presently called New York. We reside on Long Island and the Dutch colonized along the Hudson river and near New York City. Our governors try to keep the English and the Dutch happy, although they try to follow the policy of English mercantilism, which doesn't seem to be working. Our governors are using tariffs on trade to help keep the colony up and running, but to also send wealth back to England and the Duke of New York. These tariffs on trade angered the merchants of New York and negatively impacted the economy. We were finally allowed to have an elective assembly in 1683; this assembly worked on a charter to guarantee self-government and civil liberties, King Charles denied this charter. The denial of this charter caused conflict between New Yorkers and negatively impacted the population.

Research taken from Of the People: A History of the United States and