On Friday, February 12th, 1663, the characters created by our class attended a meeting at the Stadhuis (Town Hall) of New Amsterdam. The subject of the meeting was none other than Petrus Stuyvesant himself, and the meeting was led by two representatives of the Dutch West India Company. Before being placed into our time machine, everyone had a chance to prepare notes with their thoughts about Stuyvesant’s leadership and changes that should still be made to New Amsterdam.
Here are the children of New Amsterdam, scribbling treatises for and against their Director-General. The Quakers were so passionate they wrote speeches during lunchtime!
Here are some images of the Town Hall as it unfolded…
“Stuyvesant shall be removed though he has cleaned the town he has done terrible things. I was put in stocks for lifting my skirts over a muddy street. Stocks, I say, for preventing discomfort. And I am not even aloud to practice my religion, and no, I am not going to the Dutch Reformed Church. I am my own priest and no one can stop me cause I’ll find God in the stocks. I’ll find god in prison. I’ll find god wherever you put me, wherever I go.” –Margrit, created by Burk
We were even presented a joint resolution written by Quaker and Walloon girls (Grace and Elisabeth, created by Clementine and Xeta, respectively!
Dear Dutch etc.
- Girls should not be fined for lifting their dresses because they’ll ruin their dress and waste lots of wampum.
- If your house was on fire you should not have to pay, because you’ll lose a bunch of your stuff including your house.
- People are getting fined for passing speed limits, when there is a rush.
- Using stocks, it’s a bad idea, because it’s hurting your own people, or village.
And, video of some heated moments (you must visit TroutTime site to watch the video).
Here is Askook, a Lenape boy, sharing his opinion of the Director-General
The passionate spirit of Amber, a Dutch child, cannot be constrained!