My 11th great grandfather was sympathetic to the Lenape Tribe as he blamed the government, run by Willem Kieft, for its unprovoked and brutal attacks against them and saw the Lenape retaliation as justified, despite being injured himself by the Lenape. “In November 1643, during a bloody conflict known as Kieft’s War, Melyn and his colonists were forced to abandon Staten Island due to attacks from the Lenape tribes. This war was named after Willem Kieft, the Director-General of New Netherland, who had initiated a series of unprovoked and brutal attacks against the local tribes, leading to a violent retaliation from the Lenape. Melyn was sympathetic to the plight of the Native Americans and was critical of Kieft’s brutal policies. He and his close friend Jochem Kuyter, who had also suffered significant losses due to the conflict, blamed the government, led by Kieft, for its shortsighted policy in dealing with the Native Americans.”

My 11th great grandfather was sympathetic to the Lenape Tribe as he blamed the government, run by Willem Kieft, for its unprovoked and brutal attacks against them and saw the Lenape retaliation as justified, despite being injured himself by the Lenape.

“In November 1643, during a bloody conflict known as Kieft’s War, Melyn and his colonists were forced to abandon Staten Island due to attacks from the Lenape tribes. This war was named after Willem Kieft, the Director-General of New Netherland, who had initiated a series of unprovoked and brutal attacks against the local tribes, leading to a violent retaliation from the Lenape.

Melyn was sympathetic to the plight of the Native Americans and was critical of Kieft’s brutal policies. He and his close friend Jochem Kuyter, who had also suffered significant losses due to the conflict, blamed the government, led by Kieft, for its shortsighted policy in dealing with the Native Americans.”

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