A place of global trade
English and Dutch colonists
Before New York was under British rule the colony was under Dutch rule and called New Amsterdam. In August 27, 1664 the Dutch surrendered with the Articles of Transfer and established rights for the Dutch colonists that remained. These documents allowed both British and Dutch colonists to live alongside each other with less tension.
A colonist's perspective.
Unlike the colonies to the South which thrive on an agricultural economy, we New Yorkers have the ability to profit from both our agricultural economy as well as our abundance of trade with the Native Americans, the Dutch and our allies in the Old World.
Slaves can also be seen in almost every household, it’s not abnormal to see many of them setting about doing what’s necessary for each of their masters.
It was not until the French and Indian war that trading with the Native Americans became impossible to achieve. The British continued to limit our trade partners with their Navigation Act. Most settlers here, be it Dutch or British, believe that the Old World should not have much power here and that we as settlers should have the ability to govern ourselves. These ideas of liberalism make settlers, such as myself to believe that every person should equally allowed to enjoy our own individual freedoms and not have any government interfere in the ways we handle our families, our religions or our properties. After all, it’s we who bought our land, we are the ones who work on it and every man should be able to keep anything he made and worked for with his own two hands.