New Netherland and Beyond
Immigrants to New Netherland
Departed Amsterdam August, 1650
Warner Fransen, with wife and children
"As supercargo of the ship Jaager goes out, Warner Fransen, who has faithfully served the Company for a long period. ...intending to seek his fortune there and has requested us, to be given command
of one of our yachts, when a vacancy occurred, thinking that he could serve the Company well, as he knows all the harbors, bays and rivers there [in New Netherland]".1
In a letter to Peter Stuyvesant from the Directors of the West Indies Company, the following is stated:
"Many free people have taken passage on these two ships, the "Fortuyn" and the "Jaager," as per enclosed lists2; we desire, that you may alot to each according to his capacities and
family sufficient quantities of land, where they choose.... It looks, as if, many people will come over by every ship and as we cannot but presume, that the welfare of the country depends on
the population, we desire, that you shall accommodate all newcomers as well as possible and above all govern the people with the utmost caution and leniency..."3
1Documents relating to the Colonial History of New York, B. Fernow, (c)1883, vol XIV, pg 127.
2The translator, B. Fernow, has many times indicated the non-existence of attachments and lists to these colonial letters.
3Documents relating to the Colonial History of New York, B. Fernow, (c)1883, vol XIV, pg 127.126.