New York in the 17th Century

 

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. It was then a land covered with green forests, berry patches and babbling brooks. Many species of game and cultivated fields of vegetation served as food for the Lenape people who lived in circular huts with grass-thatched roofs. About 5,000 Lenape lived in 80 settlements around the region.

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.

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17th century

 

Antique photos of NYC

 

 

 

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

 

17th century NY

 

 

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Map New York

 

Eyland Manatus

 

Governors Island NY

 

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

 

Manhatans

 

New York 18th century

 

Antique photographs

 

Abraham de Peyster

 

Mannados

 

NYC

 

New York in the 17th Century

 

Historical maps NY