A Classification of American Wealth
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  The Van Rensselaers - mighty patroons of Rensselaerswyck  

wealthy Amsterdam pearl merchant Kiliaen Van Rensselaer (1580-1644) got Rensselaerswyck from the Dutch West India Company in 1630, it was a little significant reward for one of the company's founders and powerful directors. Kiliaen never happened to visit his estate, leaving its management to his cousin Arent Van Curler (1619-1667), who


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