The Struggle for Survival
The thirty years separating the Peace of Westphalia of 1648 and the Peace of Nijmegen of 1678, were years of crisis for the Dutch Antilles as well as for the entire Caribbean region. By 1648, the Curaçao islands had lost their raison d’être as a military outpost, while Stuyvesant’s well-meaning project to strenghten the ties between the islands and New Netherland had not resulted in great advantages for either. The governor had been of the opinion that the two colonies could supplement each other’s output and combine their resources: New Netherland would furnish all foodstuffs in exchange for slaves from Curaçao, horses from Aruba, and salt from Bonaire.
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