I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. — Og Mandino

po_Minuit-Peter1Peter Minuit, Pieter Minuit, Pierre Minuit or Peter Minnewit (1580 – August 5, 1638) was from Wesel, in present-day North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, then part of the Duchy of Cleves.

He was Director of the Dutch colony of New Netherland from 1626 until 1633, and founded the Swedish colony of New Sweden in 1638. According to tradition, he purchased the island of Manhattan from Native Americans on May 24, 1626 for goods valued at 60 Dutch guilders, which in the 19th century was estimated to be the equivalent of US $24 (or $680 today).

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