Here are some one liners...
No Taxation without Representation! -- The English within Dutch territory want their natural rights and the rights of freedom of religion.
John Casor Walks Away from Slavery -- The first slave takes his case to court... and wins... and then loses.
No Taxation without Representation!The English and the Dutch have been settling Long Island for years with the Dutch congregating around New Amsterdam and the English on the east side of Long Island. Since the Dutch have dominion over the region they require the English colonists to take an oath to obey Dutch laws and to grant the Dutch final approval for elections and laws. However, the Dutch rarely exercised control over the English until recently. The English towns have been cutting into Dutch business so the (Last) Dutch Governor has made arbitrary decisions using his powers granted by "God and the Company" (meaning the Dutch West Indies Company) to resolve these conflicts including taxing the English. There is a rumor that the Governor is planning to attack the English settlers, so the English have risen up in rebellion. They say they are only claiming the rights that "the laws of nature give to all men." Apparently that includes no taxation without representation. The rebellion will be put down but nothing will change. Years later when the governor cracks down on Quaker religious practices, all Hell will break loose and historians will claim that the 1st Amendment right to freedom of religion will derive from the mistreatment of the Quakers by this Dutch Governor.  
John Casor Walks Away from SlaveryIt had to start somewhere. John Casor is a black man who claims he is an indentured servant and that he contracted to work for "7 to 8 years" but after 14 years he is making claim against his master to be set free. Who is his master? Anthony Johnson who owns a large plot of land along the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Anthony Johnson is also a black man. He claims that there was no indentured contract and that John Casor is a slave for life but with two witnesses, John wins his freedom in court. Unfortunately, Anthony is not done with John. He will take John to court in a counter claim that one of the witnesses, Robert Parker, had lied. The court will rule in favor of Anthony and John will be forced to return to his service for life. Robert Parker will be forced to pay the court costs. 
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