New York City in the 1600s

1626: Purchase of the Island of Manahatta

A letter written by Dutch merchant Peter Schaghen to directors of the Dutch East India Company stated that Manhattan was purchased for 60 guilders worth of trade.

1630: Coat of Arms of New Netherland

Much of the symbolism of New York’s Official seal is derived from the Coat of Arms of New Amsterdam

1650: Fort Amsterdam

Fort Amsterdam abt. 1650. Taken from “De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weireld,” by Arnoldus Monatanus, Amsterdam

1660: Residence of Jacob Leisler

Illustration of the home of Jacob Leisler on ""the Strand"" (now Whitehall Street N.Y.)"

1660: New Amsterdam Map

A map displaying the full layout of the early settlement of New Amsterdam

1664: Earliest View of New Amsterdam

Earliest known image of New Amsterdam from a copperplate made by Augustyn Heermanns.

1667: New Amsterdam Harbor

1674: The Blockhouse and City Gate

View of the Schoeinge or street piling on the East River shore near present Coenties Slip – the dock and river front to Wall Street

1680: Corner of Exchange Place & Broad Street

View of a house on the north east corner of Exchange Place & Broad Street about the year 1680

New York City's Prehistoric Roots

Learn all about NYC’s fascinating past by exploring the natural forces that shaped the environment and landscape, along with the people who would transform the “Island of Many Hills” into the greatest and most influential city in the world.

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