New York in the 17th Century



17th century


Antique photos of NYC



In the early 17th century the Dutch West India Company established a settlement on “Nutten Island” (today’s Governors Island). The Dutch settlement was named New Amsterdam. In 1626, the settlement’s governor bought Manhattan Island from the natives, so the settlement moved to Manhattan. In 1674, the English took control of the city and renamed it New York. In 1691, Abraham de Peyster became the first mayor of New York City.

By the end of 17th century, New York had nearly 5,000 residents.

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Nieuw Amsterdam


New Amsterdam



This is part of an illustration published in 1843, depicting New Amsterdam in the 17th century with pictures of individual buildings and scenes in Washington Irving's works (source: New York Public Library).


Castelo Plan


Niew Neerlandt map


Map New York



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Eyland Manatus


Governors Island NY


T'Fort Nieuw Amsterdam op de Manhatans, engraving by Kryn Fredericks, published 1651.




New York 18th century


Antique photographs


Abraham de Peyster






New York in the 17th Century


Historical maps NY