By Cornelis C. Goslinga
To English-speaking historians, the writer of this publication, a Dutchman who for a few years now unearths his base on the college of Florida, turned popular while his The Dutch within the Caribbean and at the Wild Coast, 158~I680 used to be released in 1972. at the moment Professor Goslinga, who ahead of his educational occupation within the usa, lived for a longer interval in Cura~ao, Netherlands Antilles, had already got a great recognition between Dutch Caribbeanists by way of his manifold courses on social, political and maritime features of Dutch West Indian background. by means of his education, pursuits and current place, Dr. Goslinga would appear to me to be singularly well-equipped to put in writing a complete background - geared to an English-speaking collage public - of what used to be referred to as the Netherlands West Indies. the current e-book is the made from this expert apparatus and of his lengthy instructing adventure. it's going to pass a ways in filling the outdated and huge hole in old info in this a part of the previous Dutch empire, and that i desire an both large yet more youthful viewers will relish it.
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The Dutch arrived at their destination early in the morning of Palm Sunday, March 20. While many of the smaller ships circled around the island to prevent outside interference, six or seven of the larger ships sailed into Kay Bay and disembarked troops beyond the range of the Spaniard's guns. Commanding the island was one Guajardo Fajardo, who immediately had all available supplies as well as most of the cattle brought within the walls of the fort. Stuyvesant, having decided to direct the first blow against this stronghold, planted his men on the crests of the surrounding hills from where they had an unrestricted view of the entire area, controlled all points 32 CURA<;AO AS WAR BASE of access to the wells, and could cut off the Spaniards from escape into the neighboring wilderness.
Although the WIC had never claimed any exclusive rights in the Caribbean, it had built up a commercial empire embracing French, English, and Spanish colonies. The Peace of Breda put an end to this Dutch supremacy. Hereafter, the English Navigation Laws were rigidly enforced, while French colonial policy actively restricted trade with the French Antilles. Although Dutch ships were still numerous enough five years later, to unite the English and French in an anti-Dutch campaign, the ensuing struggle gave the coup de grace to the moribund West India Company.
The sea was rough and the night moonless. Fuenmayor almost drowned in the surf, and some of his men actually did. On shore at last, the Spaniards found the small wooden fort in flames, and no trace of the Dutch occupants, who had apparently decided to surrender the island without a fight and, after setting fire to their settlement, had sailed away to inform the governor at Curacao. Fuenmayor remained on Bonaire for an entire week, discussing the perplexing situation with his war council. The majority opinion of this body was that the Spanish forces were much too weak to attack the main island, and, although Fuenmayor accused some of his officers of piercing holes in their own ships in order to prevent action, he was ultimately forced to give in.
A Short History of the Netherlands Antilles and Surinam by Cornelis C. Goslinga