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October 23, 2009 / JV

Peter Stuyvesant: Dutch Military Leader

A good chunk of my time these days goes towards cataloguing books in elementary schools. I have endless critiques of the things children are reading, but i’ll try to let this text speak for itself.


Here’s the writing on the back of Peter Stuyvesant: Dutch Military Leader by Joan Banks with Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. as consulting editor.

Peter Stuyvesant was a stubborn man. Even though he lost his leg in a battle, he refused to give up working. He became governor of the Dutch colony called New Netherland.
Peter protected the colony from Indians and captured other colonies for the Dutch. He built a hospital and began a post office. He even gave some freedom and education to slaves.
Later Peter had to give up the New Netherland colony to the English. He knew the colony could not win a fight. Read the story of a man who knew how to lead others.

Ugh. Where do we even start?


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