Anthony Janszoon van Salee, landholder, merchant, and creditor

Anthony Janszoon van Salee (1607–1676) was an original settler of and prominent landholder, merchant, and creditor in New Netherlands. Van Salee is believed to be the son of  a Dutch pirate and a  Moorish mother. He was likely raised as a Muslim; he may have been the first of this background to settle in the New World. Though upon settling in New Amsterdam,  he and his wife practiced Christianity. He was born in Spain and captured off the coast, becoming a pirate before returning to his family and moving to Morocco. He married a German woman in 1629 and they moved to New Amsterdam… Read More

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Sarah Jansz Roelofs, interpreter

Sarah Jansz Roelofs was an interpreter with the various Native American tribes in the Dutch occupation days of Upstate New York and New Amsterdam(which eventually became New York City). She married 3 times and had over 11 children. She was born in Europe around June 1621. She was the daughter of New Netherland pioneers Roeloff Jansen and Anneke Jans. It is believed her parents emigrated to America and settled in New Amsterdam. At her wedding reception with Hans Kierstede, her first husband and the first surgeon in New Amsterdam,  “after the fourth or fifth round of drinking”, guest de Vries  used the event to… Read More

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