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Peter Stuyvesant

Peter Stuyvesant (born 1592 in Scherpenzeel, died 1672) served as the last Dutch governor of the colony of New Netherland before it was turned over to the British Empire.

Stuyvesant's accomplishment as governor included a great expansion for the settlement of New Amsterdam (later renamed New York) beyond the southern tip of Manhattan. Among the projects built by Stuyvesant's administration were the protective wall on Wall Street, the canal which became Canal Street, and Broadway.

Stuyvesant and his family were large land owners in the northeastern portion of New Amsterdam and the Stuyvesant name is currently associated with the Stuyvesant Town housing complex, historic Stuyvesant Street, and Stuyvesant High School, among others. His farm, known as the 'bouwerie' is the origin of the name Bowery.

Prior to his appointment as governor Stuyvesant served as a director for the Dutch West India Company in charge of the so-called 'abc islands' of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. He lost his leg in a battle with the Portuguese over the island of Sint Maarten and wore a pegleg for most of his adult life.

Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, New York City, New York, was named after him.

A Dutch cigarette brand is named Peter Stuyvesant after him.