Cornelius Jacobsen May

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Cornelis Jacobszoon May (also Cornelius; Mey; Meij), was a Dutch explorer, captain and fur trader, and namesake of Cape May, Cape May County, and the city of Cape May, New Jersey, so named first in 1620.Russell Shorto, The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony that Shaped America. First Edition. (New York City: Vintage Books (a Division of Random House, 2004), p. 40. ISBN: 1-4000-7867-9


May is said to be from the city of Hoorn but may have been born in the small village of Schellinkhout, just east of Hoorn, as he appears to have been the brother of Jan Jacobsz May van Schellinkhout, after whom the island of Jan Mayen is named Samuel Muller Geschiedenis van de Noordsche Compagnie., Gebr van der Post, 1874, footnote on page 167 . Both brothers were the cousin of an in his days far more famous sailor, Jan Cornelisz May, who led several expeditions to explore the Northeast passage and between 1614 and 1617 circumnavigated the world with Joris van Spilbergen.

1614 to 1616 expeditions to New Netherland

Cornelis Jacobsz May sailed first in the Mauritius River or "Hudson's river" (so referred to first by Adriaen Block in 1613) in 1614 where an agreement was made among various competing traders whereunder the explorer Adriaen Block. On October 11, 1614, May became a party to the New...
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