Important people in the history of New Amsterdam
Manuel de Gerret de Reus

Manuel de Gerrit de Reus was among the first enslaved people brought to New Amsterdam by the Dutch West India Company.

The Story of Asser Levy

Learning of new opportunities in New Amsterdam, Asser Levy left Amsterdam and arrived in Manhattan on 22 August 1654, one of the very first Jews to do so. New Amsterdam was not a wholly welcoming place to Jews,

Govert Loockermans

Sailing across the Atlantic Ocean was an exciting adventure of a poor sixteen-year old boy from Turnhout, a small commercial town in what was then known as the Spanish Netherlands.

Margrietje Cosyns

Margrietje Cosyns thrived and survived three husbands and was a driving force in the building of young New Amsterdam.