Willem
Kieft
ID
1,660,244 - Willem Keift
Gender
Male
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Born
09-1597
Birth Location
Died
09-27-1647
Death Dates Notes
(Died in Princess Amelia Shipwreck near Swansea Wales)
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Ancestor Notes

Willem Kieft was appointed to the rank of Director by the Dutch West India Company in 1638. In office 1638-1647. He tried to tax, and then, drive out, local Native Americans. He ordered attacks on Pavonia and Corlears Hook on February 25, 1643 in a massacre (129 Dutch soldiers killed 120 Indians, including women and children), followed by retaliations resulting in what would become known as Kieft's War (1643–1645). The war took a huge toll on both sides, and Dutch West India Company Board of Directors fired him in 1647. He was replaced with Peter Stuyvesant.