Van Twiller, Wouter

Van Twiller, Wouter,

fl. 1632–1640, Dutch director-general of New Netherland. A nephew of Kiliaen Van RensselaerVan Rensselaer, Kiliaen
, c.1580–1644, Dutch merchant and patroon, b. Amsterdam. He was a wealthy diamond and pearl merchant and helped found (1621) the Dutch West India Company, later becoming one of its directors.
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, he was appointed to succeed Peter MinuitMinuit, Peter
, c.1580–1638, first director-general of New Netherland, b. Wesel (then the duchy of Cleves). Sent by the Dutch West India Company to take charge of its holdings in America, Minuit purchased (1626) Manhattan from the Native Americans for trade goods costing
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 and arrived in New Amsterdam in 1633. Considerate of the Native Americans but blundering with his opponents, he left (1637) to his successor, Willem KieftKieft, Willem
, 1597–1647, Dutch director-general of New Netherland. Arriving in New Amsterdam in 1638 to succeed Wouter Van Twiller, Kieft immediately assumed absolute control.
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, a colony fraught with confusion. Van Twiller managed his uncle's estate.
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