The Peach War is not at all a festival during which people throw peaches at each other and, of course, not a war for a place in the peach market between Asians, but the most real military conflict that led to the death of several thousand people several centuries ago. The slaughter began when peaches were stolen from a farmer's garden, but it was like this ...
In 1626, the Dutch official Peter Minuit bought the island of Manhattan from the Indians for a box of trinkets worth 60 guilders (about $ 24). Today in the center of Manhattan for this amount you can buy a little more than 1 centimeter of office space.
Minuit entered into business relations with the Algonquin Indians who settled along the northeastern coast of the mainland. They were sedentary and were engaged in hunting, fishing and agriculture.
Despite individual skirmishes, the relationship of the Indians with the Europeans for the first time was almost friendly in nature. But when the Dutch were firmly established in Manhattan, the friendship came to an end. Looting, murder and territorial disputes quickly escalated into a cycle of mutual revenge.
The confrontation reached its height when in 1643 a detachment of Dutch soldiers attacked two Indian camps and brutally killed 120 people, including women and children. Two years later, the Dutch killed about a thousand people in a raid on Indian settlements north of Manhattan. In 1655, the Indians unleashed the so-called peach war in revenge for the murder of an Indian woman who stole peaches from a Dutch farmer's garden and was caught in the act. A detachment of two thousand Indians terrorized the townspeople for three days: they killed 100 colonists, burned many houses and killed livestock. But in the end, the Algonquins were defeated and were forced to leave their ancestral territories under pressure from the superior forces of well-armed Europeans and because of the constant threat from their warlike neighbors - the Iroquois.