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the carelessness of her captain, struck a rock near an
island fourteen miles from Porto Rico. When ready
to set out afresh, the emigrants were plundered by the
inhabitants, and were taken to Porto Rico, where some
of them permanently settled, while others, in course of
time, made their way back to Sweden. Eighteen sailed
on a small barque for the Delaware, but were seized
by a frigate and taken to Santa Cruz, then in the
possession of France, where all died but five, who were
taken off by a Dutch vessel, one of whom alone reached
Holland. Commander Amundson and his family were
sent by the Governor of Porto Rico to Spain, and
returned at last to Sweden.

This, the eighth expedition, accomplished nothing,
therefore, for New Sweden. Printz heard of its fate
through a letter of Stuyvesant to Hudde, and at once
wrote by a Dutch vessel a letter to Councillor Brahe,
giving some account of the colony, and sent out
Lieutenant Schute to communicate further details to the
Swedish authorities.

In the spring of 1651, urged, no doubt, by Printz’s
attitude towards the Dutch near Beversrede, Stuyvesant
sent a ship, well manned and armed, to the mouth
of the Delaware, where she dropped anchor and closed
the river to navigation. She was forced to withdraw,
however, by an armed yacht made ready by Printz,
when Stuyvesant came over land from Manhattan,
with a hundred and twenty men, and, being joined at
Fort Nassau by eleven sail, landed two hundred
soldiers on the west bank of the river at Sandhoeck (near
New Castle, Delaware), and built a small fort, which
he called Casimir. He also cut down the Swedish
boundary posts, and tried to compel the freemen to

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