Johan de Witt hands Manhattan over to Britain in exchange for nutmeg

Johan de Witt hands Manhattan over to Britain in exchange for nutmeg

The European powers were involved in bitter power struggles during the 17th century as they all vied for control of the international spice trade. Central to the constant conflict was the desire to gain access to the supply of nutmeg.   Nutmeg was valued for much more than its mere taste at that time and…

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The Canarsee Native American Indians sell Manhattan Island for $24

The Canarsee Native American Indians sell Manhattan Island for $24

Peter Minuit is widely credited by historians as being the man who negotiated the purchase of Manhattan Island from The Canarsee Native American Indians on behalf of Dutch settlers in May 1626. Manhattan later became the location of the Dutch city of New Amsterdam which subsequently became modern day New York. Legend has it that…

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