Sebastiaen Jansen Krol

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Sebastiaen Jansen Krol
4th Director of New Netherland
In office
Preceded byPeter Minuit
Succeeded byWouter van Twiller
Personal details
Harlingen, Friesland, Dutch Republic
Diedafter September 1645
Amsterdam, Dutch Republic
Spouse(s)Annetje Cristoffels

Bastiaen Jansz Krol (also Sebastia(e)n Jans(s)en Crol[1] or Crull; 1595, Harlingen – 14 March 1674)[2][3] was Director of New Netherland from 1632 to 1633.

Early life[edit]

When he was 10, Krol's family moved from Friesland to Amsterdam[4] and in 1623 he lived on the Bloemgracht. In that year he presented himself to church elders of the Dutch Reformed Church to be sent abroad as a "ziekentrooster" ("comforter of the sick").

New Netherland[edit]

On 25 January 1624 he sailed to New Netherland, where he arrived when Cornelius May just had become the first Director-General. In November 1624 he had returned to Amsterdam and made a report to the church elders, who gave him the right to perform baptisms and weddings in the new colony. He probably sailed back to New Amsterdam in May or June 1625, prior to the arrival of Peter Minuit the next year.[3]

Bastiaen Krol is most frequently remembered for arranging the purchase of the domain of Rensselaerswyck in 1630.[5] Kiliaen van Rensselaer was one of the first to ask for a grant of land. He received a tract of country to the north and south of Fort Orange, but not including that trading-post,[1] which, like the island of Manhattan, remained under the control of the Dutch West India Company. By virtue of this grant and later purchases, van Rensselaer acquired a tract comprising what are now the counties of Albany and Rensselaer with part of Columbia in the state of New York.

Before and after his post as Director-General, Krol was commander of Fort Orange. He returned to the Netherlands at least two more times. Between 1638 and 1643 he lived in New Netherland, but the last records of him are from September 1645 in "Old" Amsterdam.[3]

Personal life[edit]

In 1615, he married Annetje Cristoffels in Amsterdam.[4]

See also[edit]



Further reading[edit]

  • William Elliot Griffis The Story of New Netherland. The Dutch In America (Chapter VI. The Riverside Press. Cambridge. 1909)
  • Allen Johnson, Ed. Dutch and English on the Hudson (Chapter IV . New Haven: Yale University Press. 1919)
Preceded by
Peter Minuit
Director of New Netherland
Succeeded by
Wouter van Twiller