While the Swedes, Dutch and English were fighting it out in the Delaware Valley Region, there was a lot going on in New England. Although the focus of this timeline is the Mid-Atlantic Region, the activities of the British had a wide-ranging effect all over eastern North America. And thanks to the The Early History  … Read more

In 1664, the Duke of York, James, was granted this land by King Charles II after the English Colonel Nichols captured New Amsterdam. One of the first acts by the Duke was to remove all the Dutch from the colony; the Dutch capital in Delaware Bay, New Amstel, was renamed New Castle. In 1672, the  … Read more

Dutch Delaware River settlements of New Amstel and Hoarkill

The Dutch occupied NYC

The Treaty of Westminster

Treaty of Brenda signed which ends the second Anglo-Dutch war

New Amsterdam turned into NYC

Johan Risingh was the last Governor of New Sweden having only a one year term: 1654 to 1655. He was born in Sweden in 1617 and attended University in Uppsala, and Leyden (Holland). Before becoming Governor, he was a well regarded economist in Sweden. One of his first acts in New Sweden was to seize  … Read more

As per other posts in this Timeline, the Dutch and the Swedes were in continuous competition for control of Fur trading in the Delaware River/Bay area. As part of this activity, the Dutch built a palisaded factorij, around 1633, near the confluence of the Schuykill and Delaware Rivers (the exact loction is unknown).  It was placed  … Read more

Johan Bjornsson Printz was appointed third Governor of New Sweden in 1643, where he ruled until 1653. He arrived in February of that year at Fort Cristina with two ships: the Fama and the Svanen. He then ordered the construction of  Fort Nya Elfsborg on the East bank of the Delaware River near present day Salem, NJ,  … Read more