I wish to correct some widely accepted errors about Daniel Janse Van Antwerpen's early days. It has been reported By Professor Johnathan Pearson that In 1656 he was deputy Schout Fiscal at Fort Orange. Translations of court records from Fort Orange mention several times a deputy Schout Fiscal named Jan Daniel at fort Orange. I'm fairly certain Jan Daniel and Daniel Janse are not the same person. Professor Pearson also reports him as being a schout again at Altoona on the Delaware River in 1662. That is WRONG. There is no such place as ALTOONA ON THE DELAWARE. There was a deputy Schout Fiscal at "Altena" on the Delaware named Jan Daniel. Alteena was the Name the Dutch used for Fort Christina, the Former center of The New Sweden Colony. After it's capture in 1655 by Dutch forces. Presently located about 1 mile from Wilmington Deleware. It was also called Fort Altena.
So does any of that help us identify When Daniel arrived in New Netherlands ? Perhaps The first solid proof of Daniel being in New Netherlands is in 1661 where he agreed to indenture himself to Adrian Appel for one year. I suspect this was payment for passage to New Netherlands. There can really be no other explanation for this contract. In fact I strongly suspect Adrian Janse Appel may have been Daniels brother. The Janse middle name may indeed be a clue
It is very unlikely that Daniel Actualy came from Antwerp. At the time of his birth and young life the city of Antwerp belonged to what was known as the Spanish Netherlands. We know Daniel was a devout Protestant and the Spanish rulers in Antwerp did NOT tolerate Protests. They did allow a single protestant church to operate in Antwerp which is still here to this day. They have no records that appear to shed any light on Daniel or his origins at that church. So it is more likely his family left Antwerp for the more tolerant Netherlands, probably Amsterdam, sometime shortly after 1579 when the Spanish took over Antwerp.