(1624–72) first English governor of the province of New York (1664–68), born at Ampthill, Bedfordshire, England. When Charles II laid claim to the Dutch colony of New Netherland, he gave it to his brother, the duke of York, who sent Nicolls to be its governor. Nicolls gradually introduced English laws and institutions. His administration was seen as efficient and fair by Dutch as well as English settlers.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.