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By Cornelis C. Goslinga

To English-speaking historians, the writer of this booklet, a Dutchman who for a few years now unearths his base on the college of Florida, grew to become renowned whilst 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 sooner than his educational profession within the usa, lived for a longer interval in Cura~ao, Netherlands Antilles, had already bought an exceptional recognition between Dutch Caribbeanists through his manifold guides on social, political and maritime points of Dutch West Indian historical past. via his education, pursuits and current place, Dr. Goslinga would appear to me to be singularly well-equipped to put in writing a accomplished background - geared to an English-speaking collage public - of what was referred to as the Netherlands West Indies. the current publication is the made of this expert apparatus and of his lengthy instructing adventure. it may cross far in filling the outdated and vast hole in old info in this a part of the previous Dutch empire, and that i wish an both huge yet more youthful viewers will savor it.

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By 1648, the Cura~ao islands had lost their raison d'etre as a military outpost, while Stuyvesant's well-meaning project to strenghten the ties between the islands and New Netherland had not resulted in great advantages for either. The governor had been of the opinion that the two colonies could supplement each other's output and combine their resources: New Netherland would furnish all foodstuffs in exchange for slaves from Cura~ao, horses from Aruba, and salt from Bonaire. But Stuyvesant had not reckoned with the existence of rivalry between the two colonies, a rivalry which made them unable to cooperate efficiently and profitably.

Meanwhile, the Dutch, inspired by the victorious French to be sure, but unwilling to allow their ally to harvest all that Dutchmen had sown, moved to an offensive of their own. The Province of Zeeland had long regarded the Wild Coast as a valuable possession and a proposal was accepted to outfit a Zeelandian expedition to the region. A fleet of seven ships was put under the command of Abraham Crijnssen, scion of a highly respected dynasty of seafarers, and a fellow countryman of De Ruyter. Crijnssen left Zeeland on December 30, 1666, and arrived on the Wild Coast early in February, 1667.

At noon the next day they passed a huge cross standing embedded in the rocks. Otzen hesitated, uncertain whether he had reached the entrance to the bay. When he finally decided, it was too late; the strong current and the heavy breeze had driven the ships far beyond the entrance and Van Walbeeck discovered to his annoyance that it was impossible to turn back. The fleet had to continue its course along the entire southern coast and detour to Hispaniola, before it could return to Bonaire. On July 26, the Dutch again dropped anchor off the coast of Bonaire.

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