Otto - Chapter 05
"Mr. Weyls ... recently had had in his house an Indian from
Wiequaeskeck who had been a good friend of Van der Donck, and had taken
care of his cows for some time ... his name was Joseph [and he] spoke
English so well that he could understand him."— Director Stuyvesant to the Council, 16561
Ultimately, the First Dutch-Munsee War changed little for the Munsee
people in terms of lessening the pressure of European colonization. The
Dutch may have learned to tread somewhat more lightly when it came to
Indian affairs, but in the long run the war did little to slow the
overall stream of European settlers to the region. During the next
seventeen years, the colony's population recovered its prewar levels
and eventually increased to upwards of eight thousand people by 1664.
Europeans soon settled or added to the populations of Manhattan Island,
Staten Island, and Pavonia. Furthermore, Dutch and English settlers
founded new villages elsewhere along the Hudson River and on Long
Island. While many still came to New Netherland as itinerant traders,
the majority of colonists intended to remain in the colony permanently.
Pursuing agriculture and domestic trades instead of bartering for furs,
these settlers helped the colony mature and develop a stable economy.