“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles — Caribbean Region (Lesser Antilles)

Historic Sint Maarten Remembered

“Peg Leg Pete”

Sint Maarten Remembered Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2011
1. Sint Maarten Remembered Marker
Inscription. Pieter Stuyvesant was the last Governor of the Dutch colony of New Netherland (now New York), from 1646 until its surrender to the English in 1664. He was born in the Dutch province of Friesland in 1611 or 1612. After studying languages and philosophy for two years at the University of Franeker, he joined the Dutch W.I.C. (West India Company). In 1638 he was sent to Curacao. He was appointed commercial director in 1642. In 1644 Stuyvesant recieved orders to recapture Sint Maarten which had been taken from the Dutch by the Spanish in 1633. The island was important for its valuable salt production and as a strategic harbor.

With a fleet of 13 ships, Stuyvesant set sail to Sint Maarten. He landed at Cay Bay on March 20, 1644, and made camp at Cay Hill. A summons was dispatched to the Spanish garrison at the fort while a delegation under Stuyvesant's command climbed the battery on Bel Air Hill to plant their flag. The Spanish, spotting them from the fort, fired a cannon in their direction. Stuyvesant was severly wounded in his right leg by this shot. He was taken back aboard his ship "De Blauwe Haan" where his leg was amputated from the knee down. A wooden stump later served as a replacement, and from then on he was nicknamed "Peg leg Pete". The battle continued until April 17, 1644, at which time the Dutch, being unable to
Historic Sint Maarten Remembered Marker and Stuyvesant statue image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 9, 2011
2. Historic Sint Maarten Remembered Marker and Stuyvesant statue
defeat the Spanish, returned to Curacao.

Pieter Stuyvesant is remembered in history for his woodn leg as well as being tough, valiant, hard headed and dictatorial. He went on to sternly govern the Dutch settlers of New Netherland "as a father over his children". He surrendered New Netherland to the British in 1664. Stuyvesant continued to live in New York as a private citizen until his death in 1672. His tombstone can be viewed at St. Mark's Cemetery in The Bowery in New York City.
Location. 18° 0.87′ N, 63° 2.613′ W. Marker is in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten. Marker can be reached from Cruise Ship Terminal (The Harbor Point Village) 200 kilometers west of Juancho Yrausquin Blvd, in the median. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Philipsburg, Sint Maarten 00100, Netherlands Antilles.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Maarten Gingerbread Market Stalls (within shouting distance of this marker); Frontstreet Merchants (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Police Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Vance Theophilus James (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Dr Albert Claudius ("Claude") Wathey
Peter Stuyvesant image. Click for full size.
attributed to Hendrick, oil on wood, on display at the New-York Historical Society, circa 1660
3. Peter Stuyvesant
(about 150 meters away); John Philip Frederick Craane (about 150 meters away); Sint Rose Hospital (approx. 0.9 kilometers away).
Also see . . .  Britannica Concise Encyclopedia: Peter Stuyvesant. Oxford Dictionary of the US Military: Peter Stuyvesant- Gale Encyclopedia of Biography: Peter Stuyvesant- Houghton Mifflin Companion to US History: Stuyvesant, Peter (Submitted on February 17, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 750 times since then and 74 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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