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Confrontations

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Dominie Bogardus was not hand in glove with Van Twiller. They in fact had little respect for each other. Barely installed in Fort Amsterdam, Van Twiller misbehaved so badly that Rensselaer at the first opportunity wrote to him that members of the Amsterdam chamber were "talking openly of looking for another director". The sharp conflict with Dinclagen must have made Bogardus's life even more miserable than his quarrels with Van Twiller. Despite the conflicting testimony, we see two diametrically opposed conceptions of the colony: that of a trading post under the supreme authority of the Company, and that of an autonomous colony with its own, indigenous authority structure. Dinclagen then disappears from the attention of the classis. He did return to New Netherland in the new, higher function, of deputy director and first councilor of the colony.

Keywords: confrontations; Dinclagen; Dominie Bogardus; Netherland; Rensselaer; Van Twiller

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