By Dennis Wepman
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The governor-general, Peter Stuyvesant, tried to expel the Jewish immigrants, but seven of them were stockholders of the Dutch West India Company, and the home office in Amsterdam ordered him to allow the entire group to stay. Nevertheless, their lives were not made easy; they could engage in trade but not open retail shops, practice any craft, vote, or hold public office, and they could not worship in a synagogue or other public place. They were prohibited from serving in the public guard but were required to pay a special tax for not doing so.
Advertising by the London proprietors promotes the colony as a land of opportunity. • John Smith initiates the cultivation of Indian corn in the Jamestown colony. • English navigator Henry Hudson, sailing for the Dutch East India Company, discovers and explores the Hudson River. • The Church of England is established by law in the Jamestown colony. 1610 • Four hundred new settlers join the Jamestown colony under the leadership of Lord Delaware. 1611 • Samuel de Champlain lays out a site for a settlement that will become Montreal, Canada, in 1641.
1652 • The Massachusetts Bay Colony declares itself independent of the control of the British Parliament and begins the coinage of its own money. 1638 • Swedes begin settlement on the Delaware River in present-day Wilmington, in the territory of New Netherland, under the authority of the Dutch government but against the will of the Dutch colonists. The settlement is named New Sweden. • March 7: Anne Hutchinson founds the town of Pocasset, later Portsmouth, Rhode Island, with her husband and 14 children.
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