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Dominie Bogardus's major conflict with director Kieft grew out of the Indian war and intensified as the war progressed. This chapter focuses mainly on the social and cultural, religious and ritual elements, for it was in this sphere that Bogardus challenged Kieft. Was the war in that respect perhaps more a trigger than the cause of the conflict? The chapter explores the relation between Bogardus's role in this conflict and the goal he had set for his life, the maturation of his ideas and ideals in the context of a developing colonial community. De Vries was from the outset vehemently opposed to every form of war. He warned Kieft that his murderous plans were unwise in the extreme, because they would certainly lead to war with the Indians. The important question is how the war and the atrocities perpetrated near Pavonia and at the fort were perceived.

Keywords: De Vries; Dominie Bogardus; Indian war; Kieft; Van Tienhoven



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