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Learn about New York City’s colonial Dutch heritage by taking a virtual tour of the Nieuw Amsterdam Trail though lower Manhattan.
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By Bill Coughlin, November 4, 2009
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New York (New York County), New York — Fort AmsterdamBirth of a City: Nieuw Amsterdam & Old New York
INTRODUCTION In September 1609, Henry Hudson and some 20 seamen sailed their ship, the Halve Maen (Half Moon), into what is today New York harbor. The Dutch East India Company expected Hudson to find a passage to Asia. Instead, his . . . — Map (db m24090) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Beaver’s PathBirth of a City: Nieuw Amsterdam & Old New York
BEAVER’S PATH Location:   Battery Place at Greenwich Street Dutch Name:   Bever Straet Here, on a sandyshore, Lenape Indians beached their canoes to trade beaver and otter pelts for Dutch cloth, kettles, and metal tools. To the Lenape, . . . — Map (db m24093) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Petrus Stuyvesant’s Great HouseBirth of a City: Nieuw Amsterdam & Old New York
PETRUS STUYVESANT'S GREAT HOUSE Location: Whitehall Street between Pearl & State Streets Dutch Name: Opt Waeter Near this site stood the “Great House” of Petrus Stuyvesant (c. 1612-1672), Nieuw Nederland’s last director. A . . . — Map (db m24081) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Stadt Huys (City Hall)Birth of a City: Nieuw Amsterdam & Old New York
STADT HUYS (CITY HALL) Location:   Broad Street & Coenties Alley Dutch Name:   Langs Straet (Along the Shore) New York’s first city government began meeting across the street in 1653, after the Dutch West India Company agreed to grant . . . — Map (db m24124) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Asser Levy’s HomeBirth of a City: Nieuw Amsterdam & Old New York
ASSER LEVY’S HOME Location:   Stone Street at Mill Lane Dutch Name:   Hoogh Straet (High Street) In a house on this site lived the Jewish trader and butcher Asser Levy. Possibly born in Lithuania, Levy probably came here from Amsterdam in . . . — Map (db m24119) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Adriaen van der Donck’s HomeBirth of a City: Nieuw Amsterdam & Old New York
ADRIAEN VAN DER DONCK’S HOME Location:   Marketfield Street at Broad Street Dutch Name:   Het Marckvelt Steegie In a house that stood a few feet from here lived lawyer Adriaen van der Donck (c. 1620 - c. 1655), author of the . . . — Map (db m24116) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Lord’s CanalBirth of a City: Nieuw Amsterdam & Old New York
LORDS’ CANAL Location:   Broad Street Dutch Name:   Heere Gracht Director-General Petrus Stuyvesant had workmen create the Gracht, or Canal, here on the site of a small creek during the 1650s. The canal stretched from near today’s Exchange . . . — Map (db m24114) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Andries Rees’s TavernBirth of a City: Nieuw Amsterdam & Old New York
ANDRIES REES’S TAVERN Location:   William Street and Wall Street Dutch Name:   Smit Straet Here, in 1660, Andries Rees ran a tavern serving his fellow colonists. Taverns were lively centers of social life in the Netherlands, and Dutch . . . — Map (db m24113) HM
New York (New York County), New York — The WallBirth of a City: Nieuw Amsterdam & Old New York
THE WALL Location: Wall Street Dutch Name: Langs de Wal Here, in 1653, Nieuw Amsterdam’s settlers built a wall running from the Hudson River to the East River to defend their town against attack. They feared invasion by England and her New . . . — Map (db m24079) HM
New York (New York County), New York — Stream for Washing LaundryBirth of a City: Nieuw Amsterdam & Old New York
STREAM FOR WASHING LAUNDRY Location:   Maiden Lane Dutch Name:   ‘t Maagde Paatje Here, in the 1600’s, a stream ran into the East River, along the course of what is now Maiden Lane. A footpath brought Dutch “maidens” to wash . . . — Map (db m24101) HM
New York (New York County), New York — WindmillBirth of a City: Nieuw Amsterdam & Old New York
INTRODUCTION In September 1609, Henry Hudson and some 20 seamen sailed their ship, the Halve Maen (Half Moon), into what is today New York harbor. The Dutch East India Company expected Hudson to find a passage to Asia. Instead, his . . . — Map (db m24046) HM

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