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HOSSET, or 0SSET, Gillis, colonist, born in Holland; died on Delaware bay in December, 1631. He came to this country in command of a Dutch colony, known as the De Vries expedition, which was sent out by a company of patroons, and sailed from the Texel, 12 December, 1630, in the ship "Walrus." They arrived probably in March, 1631, and landed on the South (or Delaware) bay at the Hoerkil (or Lewis creek), where they settled, being the first colony on Delaware bay (or river). They built a house "well beset with palisades in place of breastworks," and named it Fort Optlandt. This served the colony, which consisted of thirty-two men, as a place of defence, a dwelling, and a storehouse. Conformably to the custom of the Dutch, Commissary Hosset erected a pillar, bearing a piece of tin, on which were traced the arms of the United Netherlands. This was innocently removed by an Indian, which act was viewed by Hosset as a national insult, and, according to De Vries, "those in command at the house made such ado about it that the Indians, not knowing how it was done, went away and slew the chief who had done it," whereat the friends of the murdered chief attacked the colonists, and Commander Hosset and his entire company were treacherously and brutally murdered. Hosset had previously been in this country, when he was selected by Minuet to make purchases of lands from the Indians on the North river, and in 1631, shortly after his arrival on the Delaware. He, with Captain Heges of the " Walrus," made a purchase of lands for Godyn and Bloemaert in what is now Cape May, New Jersey
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