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History of NYC - 1600s

In the 1620’s, the Dutch settled what would be known as New Amsterdam – a modern european village in a pristine New World. For four decades it endured, until the first Anglo-Dutch war which led to the Netherlands surrendering the colony to Great Britain, eventually leading to the creation of New York in its place.

1679: Dutch Cottage in Old New York

Illustration of a quaint Dutch cottage in a residential section of Manhattan.

Artist Credit: G. Hayward & Co. Reprinted with permission.

1689: The Trainbands Signing Jacob Leisler's Declaration

Print shows English militia members signing an accord which officially established New York under the dominion of the English crown.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1667: New Amsterdam Harbor

Illustration of New Amsterdam, a small city on Manhattan Island, New-Holland, North America. The image depicts the harbor and multiple ships taking port.

Artist Credit: G. Hayward & Co. Reprinted with permission.

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

Artist Credit: Julia M Colton. Reprinted with permission.

1680: Corner of Exchange Place & Broad Street

Colorized illustration of pedestrians in front of a Dutch-style house, constructed on the north east corner of Exchange Place & Broad Street.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

1696: Captain Kidd In New York Harbor

Illustration of Captain Kidd, a famous Scottish pirate approaching New York's famous Harbor.

Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.

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History of NYC - 10,000+ Years Ago

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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