18.02.18 - 01:31 ❤ 50 In the movie, Black Panther, one of the African warriors referred to Caucasians as "Colonizers." Of course, I was thinking about the Dutch colonization (the action or process of settling among and establishing control over the indigenous people of an area) of New York.
The Dutch West India Company was established to oversee all Dutch ventures in the Western Hemisphere. Thirty families from Amsterdam arrived in Manhattan in 1624 to establish a profit-generating settlement. Their first order of business was to own and dominate the Island of Manhattan. This goal was achieved when the Dutch West India Company "purchased" the Island of Manhattan from the Native Americans, establishing New Amsterdam (later changed to New York). Read more about the details of the alleged “purchase” of Manhattan in my book - "You Are Here - A Geographical History of Enslaved and Free Africans in Manhattan: 1613 - 1865." The pictures below show a monument and a copy of the original letter showing the “purchase” transaction of Manhattan.