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By Cornelis C. Goslinga

To English-speaking historians, the writer of this publication, a Dutchman who for a few years now unearths his base on the collage of Florida, grew to become popular while his The Dutch within the Caribbean and at the Wild Coast, 158~I680 used to be released in 1972. at the moment Professor Goslinga, who sooner than his educational profession within the usa, lived for a longer interval in Cura~ao, Netherlands Antilles, had already received an exceptional attractiveness between Dutch Caribbeanists by means of his manifold guides on social, political and maritime points of Dutch West Indian historical past. by means of his education, pursuits and current place, Dr. Goslinga would appear to me to be singularly well-equipped to put in writing a finished heritage - geared to an English-speaking college public - of what used to be often called the Netherlands West Indies. the current booklet is the manufactured from this specialist gear and of his lengthy instructing adventure. it may pass far in filling the outdated and broad hole in old info in this a part of the previous Dutch empire, and that i desire an both broad yet more youthful viewers will savor it.

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Besides, many of the Spaniards were sick, supposedly from the drinking water, thought to have been polluted by the Dutch before they left. To avenge the poisoning of the wells, Fuenmayor ordered the slaughter of all the cattle and horses on the island. Not really reconciled to relinquishing his plan for the conquest of Curacao, CURA9AO AS WAR BASE Fuenmayor deliberately fired a defiant volley when passing the Dutch fort at the Point on his way back to La Guaira. He also left a spy who, protected by a white flag, rowed into St.

In r630 this became the island of St. Martin in the Leeward group of the Lesser Antilles. When in r633 a Spanish fleet retook the island, Dutch attention was redirected, this time toward Cura<;ao. As far as is known, the earliest Dutchman to set foot on the Cura<;ao islands was Captain Jan Jariksz of the West Frisian town of Stavoren in Friesland. Surprised by the local Spanish authorities on Bonaire while cutting wood and loading salt, Jariksz was nevertheless allowed to go free, and returned to the United Provinces with a valuable cargo.

Distribution of the spoils caused much dissension among the men and was a primary factor leading to the dissolution of this unnatural alliance. Some three weeks after the surrender of St. Eustatius, Carey took the nearby island of Saba where he captured 70 blacks. The English, for whom the future seemed bright indeed, now prepared to proceed to Cura~ao for an intrepid raid on this strongest fort in the West Indies. At the same time, incidentally, Willoughby was laying plans for his campaign to Tobago and the Wild Coast.

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