the last Dutch director-general of the colony of New Netherland from 1647 until it was ceded provisionally to the English in 1664, after which it was renamed New York. He was a major figure in the early history of New York City and his name has been given to various landmarks and points of interest throughout the city (e.g. Stuyvesant High School, Stuyvesant Town–Peter Cooper Village, Stuyvesant Plaza, Bedford–Stuyvesant neighborhood, etc.).
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10/04/1648-Peter Stuyvesant establishes Americas first volunteer firemen 
04/26/1655-Dutch West Indies Co denies Peter Stuyvesant's desire to exclude Jews from New Amsterdam 
08/28/1655-New Amsterdam and Peter Stuyvesant bars Jews from military service 
09/11/1655-Peter Stuyvesant recaptures Dutch Ft. Casimir from Swedish in Delaware
09/30/1659-Peter Stuyvesant of New Netherlands forbids tennis playing during religious services (first mention of tennis in U.S.) 
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