Peter Stuyvesant was born in 1610, in Holland, Netherlands, and was a significant figure in the early history of New York City. He arrived in New Amsterdam on May 11, 1647, and was appointed the Director-General.
On March 14, 1648, Stuyvesant passed a law granting settlers the right to move uptown to a new village called “Nieuw Haarlem”, which is known as Harlem today. His legacy is still present in New York City with various places named after him. Stuyvesant Town (housing complex), Stuyvesant Square (a park), Stuyvesant Street, and Stuyvesant High School are some of the places named in his honor.
Peter died in February 1672, in New York City. He is buried at St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery in Lower Manhattan.