The lawyer Van der Donck clashed during his career in New Amsterdam with the autocratic governor Peter Stuyvesant. In defence of his actions he wrote a comprehensive report to the WIC in the Netherlands. This report, titled 'Vertoogh van Nieu Nederland' (a Tale of New Netherland), formed the basis for his 'Beschryvinge' (Description). It is one of the first books on the New Netherlands written by an author who actually lived in the area.
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