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a Walloon from Wesel, in present-day North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, then part of the Duchy of Cleves. His surname means "midnight". He was Director of the Dutch colony of New Netherland from 1626 until 1631, and founded the Swedish colony of New Sweden in 1638. Minuit is generally credited with orchestrating the purchase of Manhattan Island for the Dutch from the Native Americans called the Lenape, which later became the city of New Amsterdam, modern-day New York City, which was the core of the Dutch colony of New Netherland and the later British colony of New York.
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05/04/1626-Indians sell Manhattan Island to Dutch colonist Peter Minuit for $24 in cloth and buttons
05/04/1626-Peter Minuit arrives in New Amsterdam as the new director-general of New Netherlands
11/20/1637-Peter Minuit and first Swedish immigrants to Delaware sail from Sweden 
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