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into an offensive and defensive alliance with one
another. This singular proposal was probably made in
consequence of the invasion of New Amsterdam by a
large body of Indians, which rendered it necessary for
Stuyvesant to return home at once, and caused him to
fear that the Swedes might take advantage of this
departure to regain all their territory. It was rejected,
however, after due deliberation, the Swedes surmising
dublicity on the part of the Director-General, and
dreading to incur the animosity entertained by the
Indians and the English towards the Hollanders. They
also thought they might thereby compromise the claims
of their sovereign to the whole territory of New
Sweden, and preferred to leave it to their “most worthy
superiors” as the Governor expressed it, “to resent
and redress their wrongs in their own time, and in such
way and with such force as might be requisite.”
Negotiations ended with this reply, and the terms of
capitulation were carried out. Those of the colonists,
who decided to remain on the Delaware, took oaths of
allegiance to the States-General and the Dutch West
India Company and to the Director-General and
Council of New Nether land. And the Governor of New
Sweden, with some companions, including Engineer
Lindström and Factor Elswich, embarked on “De
Waag” for New Amsterdam, from whence they sailed,
on three merchantmen, to Europe. Rising landed at
Plymouth, England, and afterwards went to London,
where he met the Swedish ambassador, and reported
the conquest of New Sweden. The rest pursued their
way to Holland, and finally all safely reached their
native country. On inquiry into the manner of the
overthrow of the colony, the College of Commerce

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