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Wikipedia: Peter Minuit
Peter Minuit, Pieter Minuit, Pierre Minuit or Peter Minnewit (between 1580 and 1585 – August 5, 1638) was a Walloon from Wesel, in present-day North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, then part of the Duchy of Cleves. His surname means “midnight”. He was Director of the Dutch colony of New Netherland from 1626 until 1631, and founded the Swedish colony of New Sweden in 1638.
Minuit is generally credited with orchestrating the purchase of Manhattan Island for the Dutch from the Native Americans called the Lenape, which later became the city of New Amsterdam, modern-day New York City, which was the core of the Dutch colony of New Netherland and the later British colony of New York.
He sailed to North America and arrived in the colony on May 4, 1626. Minuit is credited with purchasing the island of Manhattan from the Native Americans in exchange for traded goods valued at 60 guilders. According to the writer Nathaniel Benchley, Minuit conducted the transaction with Seyseys, chief of the Canarsees, who were only too happy to accept valuable merchandise in exchange for an island that was actually mostly controlled by the Weckquaesgeeks.
The figure of 60 guilders comes from a letter by a representative of the Dutch States-General and member of the board of the Dutch West India Company, Pieter Janszoon Schagen, to the States-General in November 1626. In 1846, New York historian John Romeyn Brodhead converted the figure of Fl 60 (or 60 guilders) to US$23. “[A] variable-rate myth being a contradiction in terms, the purchase price remains forever frozen at twenty-four dollars,” as Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace remarked in their history of New York.
13 August 1970, Jet magazine, pg. 42:
PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT
Comedian Flip Wilson and his crack about that full-blooded Indian who got a job as a bartender but was fired after five minutes. “A customer asked for a Manhattan,” Flip deadpanned, “and the Indian charged him $24.”
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“Why did you fire your Indian bartender?”
“Because he charged $24 for a Manhattan.”
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Puns of the Weak 04-25-03
I went to a New York bar and asked for a Manhattan. The bartender was an Indian and charged me $24. (Milton Berle)
Just paid $24 for a Manhattan cocktail from an Indian bartender. I win Thanksgiving.
12:01 PM - 25 Nov 2010
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