PIETER CORNELISZ PLOCKHOY
AMERICAS FIRST MENNONITE
Pieter Cornelisz Plockhoy, an idealist, arrived America 1663, determined to bring together
a world where there would be no social classes, no disparity between rich and poor, no lordships,
or servile slavery. Pieter Plockhoy, born 1625 or so, to a Mennonite family of Zierikzee in the
Dutch province of Zeeland, was about to get his first lesson of reality.
1658 he went to England to find financing but unable to do so returned to Holland. Several
years later Amsterdam supported him and a settlement which Plockhoy recruited who would
work at farming, fishing, handicraft, etc.
In May, 1663, Plockhoy and forty followers , set sail on the St. Jacob for Cape Henlopen where Zwaanendael had failed I 1631, and July, 1663 he led the colonists and baggage ashore.
1663 as a time when the British and Dutch were competing fro settlements worldwide.
The Hudson River Dutch and the Delaware River Dutch were driving a wedge between the Virginia
and New England British colonies and Plockhoy's Cape Henlopen was a British target.
British Sir Robert Carr came to Cape Henlopen and had little trouble with Plockhoy's
settlement and the Dutch were treated with humanity and gemtlemaness. Carr had destroyed
the Quaker society of Plockhoy.
It is not known what happened to Plockhoy but it is thought he was killed defending his
upon Delaware colony.
Abstract: Wednesday, May 4, 2016, Delaware Coast Press, Michael Morgan's