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EVERTSEN, Cornelis, Dutch naval officer, born in Zealand. He was a son of Admiral Cornelis Evertsen, who was killed in a battle with the English in 1666. He commanded a squadron of fifteen ships that was dispatched against the English colonies in 1673. After capturing or destroying the Virginia fleet of tobacco ships in the Chesapeake, he sailed northward, and on 7 August anchored off Staten Island. His fleet had been reinforced, and now, with its prizes, numbered 27 sail, with 1,600 men. Evertsen demanded the surrender of the City, saying, " We have come to take the place, which is our own, and our own we will have." Some of the Dutch citizens visited the hostile fleet, and described the state of the defenses to the officers. The Dutch militia spiked the guns of a recently erected battery. On 8 August the fleet moved up the bay, exchanged shots with the fort, and landed 600 men under Captain Anthony Colve, to whom the fort was surrendered without bloodshed, the British garrison being allowed to march out with the honors of war. The name New Orange was given to the re-conquered City. The neighboring settlements hastened to make their submission, and Evertsen. after confiscating the Duke of York's property, restoring the old form of municipality, and proclaiming Colve governor general, set sail for Holland.
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