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A Minister In Manhattan

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During Evert Willemsz's stay in Guinea he prepared himself intensively for the ministry. That could not have been easy, considering the scarcity of books in the overseas colonies. According to his instructions, the comforter of the sick was expected to take with him not only a Bible, a catechism, and a hymnbook, but also a number of works by authoritative Calvinist authors. As a Company employee Evert was formally minister of the fort New Amsterdam. His responsibility as pastor of Manhattan extended to the Indians inhabiting the island as well. Besides a minister he was also a missionary in the New Netherland. With the Latinization of his name (Everardus Boghardus) the process of Evert's growing self-assurance was not yet completed. Bogardus's congregation was not only spread out over a large area, it was also much more varied than those in comparable towns and villages in the fatherland.

Keywords: Everardus Boghardus; Evert Willemsz; Guinea; Manhattan; minister; Netherland; New Amsterdam



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