List of colonial governors of New York

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A drawing by Johannes Vingboons of the city of New Amsterdam in 1664--the year the Dutch authorities surrendered the New Netherland colony to the English under Richard Nicholls and renamed New York GezichtOpNieuwAmsterdam.jpg
A drawing by Johannes Vingboons of the city of New Amsterdam in 1664—the year the Dutch authorities surrendered the New Netherland colony to the English under Richard Nicholls and renamed New York

The territory which would later become the state of New York was settled by European colonists as part of the New Netherland colony (parts of present-day New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware) under the command of the Dutch West India Company in the Seventeenth Century. These colonists were largely of Dutch, Flemish, Walloon, and German stock, but the colony soon became a "melting pot." In 1664, at the onset of the Second Anglo-Dutch War, English forces under Richard Nicolls ousted the Dutch from control of New Netherland, and the territory became part of several different English colonies. Despite one brief year when the Dutch retook the colony (1673–1674), New York would remain an English possession until the American colonies declared independence in 1776.

New York (state) State of the United States of America

New York is a state in the Northeastern United States. New York was one of the original thirteen colonies that formed the United States. With an estimated 19.54 million residents in 2018, it is the fourth most populous state. To distinguish the state from the city with the same name, it is sometimes called New York State.

European colonization of the Americas settlement and establishment of control of the continents of the Americas by most of the naval powers of Europe

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New Netherland 17th-century colony of the Dutch Republic that was located on the East Coast of North America

New Netherland was a 17th-century colony of the Dutch Republic that was located on the east coast of America. The claimed territories extended from the Delmarva Peninsula to southwestern Cape Cod, while the more limited settled areas are now part of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Connecticut, with small outposts in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.


With the unification of the two proprietary colonies of East Jersey and West Jersey in 1702, the provinces of New York and the neighboring colony New Jersey shared a royal governor. This arrangement began with the appointment of Queen Anne's cousin, Edward Hyde, Lord Cornbury as Royal Governor of New York and New Jersey in 1702, and ended when New Jersey was granted its own royal governor in 1738.

East Jersey English possession in North America between 1674 and 1702

The Province of East Jersey, along with the Province of West Jersey, between 1674 and 1702 in accordance with the Quintipartite Deed were two distinct political divisions of the Province of New Jersey, which became the U.S. state of New Jersey. The two provinces were amalgamated in 1702. East Jersey's capital was located at Perth Amboy. Determination of an exact location for a border between West Jersey and East Jersey was often a matter of dispute.

West Jersey English possession in North America between 1674 and 1702

West Jersey and East Jersey were two distinct parts of the Province of New Jersey. The political division existed for 28 years, between 1674 and 1702. Determination of an exact location for a border between West Jersey and East Jersey was often a matter of dispute.

Province of New York English, from 1707, British, possession in North America between 1664 and 1776

The Province of New York (1664–1776) was a British proprietary colony and later royal colony on the northeast coast of North America. As one of the Thirteen Colonies, New York achieved independence and worked with the others to found the United States.

Directors (or governors) of New Netherland (16241664)

A 1685 reprint of the 1650 map Novi Belgii Novaeque Angliae showing Virginia, New Netherland, and New England. Map-Novi Belgii Novaeque Angliae (Amsterdam, 1685).jpg
A 1685 reprint of the 1650 map Novi Belgii Novæque Angliæ showing Virginia, New Netherland, and New England.

New Netherland (Dutch: Nieuw-Nederland) was the 17th-century colonial province of the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands and the Dutch West India Company. It claimed territories along the eastern coast of North America from the Delmarva Peninsula to southwestern Cape Cod. Settled areas of New Netherland are now constitute the states of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Connecticut, and parts of Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. [1] [2] The provincial capital New Amsterdam was located at the southern tip of the island of Manhattan at Upper New York Bay. [3]

Dutch West India Company Dutch trading company

Dutch West India Company was a chartered company of Dutch merchants as well as foreign investors. Among its founders was Willem Usselincx (1567–1647). On June 3, 1621, it was granted a charter for a trade monopoly in the Dutch West Indies by the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands and given jurisdiction over Dutch participation in the Atlantic slave trade, Brazil, the Caribbean, and North America. The area where the company could operate consisted of West Africa and the Americas, which included the Pacific Ocean and the eastern part of New Guinea. The intended purpose of the charter was to eliminate competition, particularly Spanish or Portuguese, between the various trading posts established by the merchants. The company became instrumental in the largely ephemeral Dutch colonization of the Americas in the seventeenth century. From 1624 to 1654, in the context of the Dutch-Portuguese War, the WIC held Portuguese territory in northeast Brazil, but they were ousted from Dutch Brazil following fierce resistance.

Delmarva Peninsula peninsula

The Delmarva Peninsula, or simply Delmarva, is a large peninsula on the East Coast of the United States, occupied by Delaware and parts of the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia. The peninsula is 170 miles (274 km) long. In width, it ranges from 70 miles (113 km) near its center, to 12 miles (19 km) at the isthmus on its northern edge, to less near its southern tip of Cape Charles. It is bordered by the Chesapeake Bay on the west, the Delaware River, Delaware Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean on the east, and the Elk River and its isthmus on the north.

Cape Cod Cape in the northeastern United States

Cape Cod is a geographic cape extending into the Atlantic Ocean from the southeastern corner of mainland Massachusetts, in the northeastern United States. Its historic, maritime character and ample beaches attract heavy tourism during the summer months.

New Netherland was conceived as a private business venture to exploit the North American fur trade. [4] By the 1650s, the colony experienced dramatic growth and became a major port for trade in the North Atlantic. The leader of the Dutch colony was known by the title Director or Director-General. On August 27, 1664, four English frigates commanded by Richard Nicolls sailed into New Amsterdam's harbor and demanded the surrender of New Netherland. [5] [6] This event sparked the Second Anglo-Dutch War, which led to the transfer of the territory to England per the Treaty of Breda. [7] [8]

North American fur trade

The North American fur trade was the industry and activities related to the acquisition, trade, exchange, and sale of animal furs in North America. Aboriginal peoples in Canada and Native Americans in the United States of different regions traded among themselves in the pre–Columbian Era, but Europeans participated in the trade beginning from the time of their arrival in the New World and extended its reach to Europe. The French started trading in the 16th century, the English established trading posts on Hudson Bay in present-day Canada in the 17th century, and the Dutch had trade by the same time in New Netherland. The 19th-century North American fur trade, when the industry was at its peak of economic importance, involved the development of elaborate trade networks.

Frigate Type of warship

A frigate is a type of warship, having various sizes and roles over the last few centuries.

Richard Nicholls was the first English colonial governor of New York province.

#PortraitDirector or
Took officeLeft officeNotes
1 Cornelius Jacobsen May
(fl. 1600s)
2 Willem Verhulst
(or van der Hulst)
(fl. 1600s)
3 Peter Minuit portrait New Amsterdam 1600s light.jpg Peter Minuit
  • Purchased the island of Manhattan from Native Americans on May 24, 1626 for 60 Dutch guilders worth of goods. [9]
4 Sebastiaen Jansen Krol
5 Wouter van Twiller.jpg Wouter van Twiller
  • Previously a Dutch West India Company warehouse clerk, used family connections to the Rensselaer family to gain appointment
  • Purchased Nut Island (Noten Eylant), later called Governor's Island from Canarsee tribe for two axeheads, a string of beads and iron nails
  • Lost the colony's claim of the Connecticut River valley to New England settlers
  • Pushed back encroaching Virginia settlers who tried to settle Delaware River valley
6 Willem Kieft
7 Peter Stuyvesant.jpg Peter Stuyvesant

Under English control (1664–1783)

Apart from a short period between May 1688 and April 1689, during which New York was part of the Dominion of New England, the territory was known in this period as the Province of New York.

#PortraitGovernorTook officeLeft officeNotes
1 Richard Nicolls
16641668as military governor
2 FrancisLovelace.jpg Francis Lovelace
3 Anthony Colve 16731674 Dutch naval captain under restored Netherlands rule
4 Sir Edmund Andros.jpg Edmund Andros
5 Anthony Brockholls
(c. 1656)
16811683Commander-in-Chief of British Forces and acting governor
6 Thomas Dongan, 2nd Earl of Limerick.jpg Thomas Dongan, 2nd Earl of Limerick
7 Francis nicholson Dahl.jpg Francis Nicholson
16881691military governor and de facto only until June 1689
8 01 Jacob Leisler.JPG Jacob Leisler
(c. 1640–1691)
16881691Militia officer in rebellion
9 Henry Sloughter
(d. 1691)
10 Richard Ingoldesby
(d. 1719)
16911692Military officer as acting governor
11 Benjamin Fletcher
12 RichardCoote FirstEarlBellomont.jpg Richard Coote, 1st Earl of Bellomont
(c. 1636–1700/1)
13 John Nanfan
17011702as acting governor
14 Edward Hyde, 3rd Earl of Clarendon
15 John Lovelace, 4th Baron Lovelace
16 Pieter Schuyler.jpg Pieter Schuyler
17091709as acting governor
17 Richard Ingoldesby
(d. 1719)
17091709as acting governor
18 Gerardus Beekman
17091710as acting governor
19 Robert Hunter (governor).jpg Robert Hunter
20 Pieter Schuyler.jpg Pieter Schuyler
17191720as acting governor
21 WilliamBurnetByJohnWatson.jpg William Burnet
22 John Montgomerie
(d. 1731)
23 RipVanDam.jpg Rip Van Dam
17311732as acting governor
24 Wimbit-viceroyCosby.jpg William Cosby
25 George Clarke
17361743as acting governor
26 George Clinton
27 Danvers Osborn (1715-1753), by Christian Friedrich Zincke.jpg Sir Danvers Osborn, 3rd Baronet
28 James De Lancey
17531755as acting governor
29 Admiral Sir Charles Hardy, 1780.jpg Charles Hardy
(c. 1714–1780)
30 James De Lancey
17581760as acting governor
31 Cadwallader Colden.png Cadwallader Colden
17601762as acting governor
32 RobertMonckton.png Robert Monckton
33 Cadwallader Colden.png Cadwallader Colden
17631765as acting governor
34 Sir Henry Moore, 1st Baronet
35 Cadwallader Colden.png Cadwallader Colden
17691770as acting governor
36 Sir Joshua Reynolds - John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore - Google Art Project.jpg John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore
37 Tryon1767.jpg William Tryon
38 Cadwallader Colden.png Cadwallader Colden
17741775as acting governor
39 Tryon1767.jpg William Tryon
40 James Robertson
17801783as military governor
41 Andrew Elliot
17831783as military governor

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