What Happened in May 1626

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Historical Events

  • May 4 Peter Minuit becomes director-general of New Netherlands
  • May 6 Dutch colonist Peter Minuit buys Manhattan Island from local Indians for 60 guilders worth of trinkets

Famous Birthdays

  • May 12 Louis Hennepin, Flemish missionary (d. 1705)
  • May 27 William II, prince of Orange/stadholder

Famous Deaths

  • May 4 Arthur Lake, Bishop of Bath and Wells, English bishop and Bible translator (b. 1569)
  • May 17 Juan Pujol, Catalan composer (b. 1570)