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Netherlands Monument

Preserving History

 

—H.A. van den Eijnde, sculptor, 1926 —

 
Netherlands Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2008
1. Netherlands Monument Marker
Inscription. This monumental flagstaff commemorates the Dutch establishment of New Amsterdam and the seventeenth century European settlement that launched the modern metropolis of New York City. Designed by Dutch sculptor H.A. van den Eijnde (1869-1939), the monument was dedicated in 1926 to mark the tercentenary of Dutch occupation, and the purchase of the island of Manhattan from Native Americans. On the north and south faces of the granite pedestal are carved a plan of New Amsterdam and its fort, as well as the transaction between the Dutch and the Lenape natives, and above them are bronze emblems symbolizing Dutch settlement. The flagstaff was unveiled on Saint Nicholas Day, December 6, 1926 south of Castle Clinton, then the site of the New York Aquarium. When the park was closed from 1940 to 1952 for renovations and to build the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, the monument was relocated to its present site at the northeast entrance.
The maintenance of this monument by the Citywide Monuments Conservation Program is made possible by the generous support of The History Channel, with additional support from the Netherland – American Foundation, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and Donna Karan.
 
Location. 40° 42.262′ N, 74° 0.883′ W. Marker is in New York, New York
Marker in Battery Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2008
2. Marker in Battery Park
, in New York County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of State Street and Battery Place, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located in Battery Park, near the northeast entrance. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10004, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Netherlands Memorial (here, next to this marker); Historic Battery Park & Castle Clinton (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sphere (within shouting distance of this marker); Beaver’s Path (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Amsterdam (within shouting distance of this marker); American Merchant Marine (within shouting distance of this marker); Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House / National Museum of the American Indian (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Amsterdam (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Categories. Colonial EraNotable Places
 
Netherlands Monumental Flagstaff image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2008
3. Netherlands Monumental Flagstaff
Plan of New Amsterdam and Fort image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2008
4. Plan of New Amsterdam and Fort
The front of the Monument contains a map of New Amsterdam and its Fort.
Back of the Netherlands Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2008
5. Back of the Netherlands Monument
The back of the monument depicts the transaction between the Dutch and the Lenape natives in which the island of Manhattan was purchased for the equivalent of $26.
East Bronze Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2008
6. East Bronze Plaque
North Bronze Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2008
7. North Bronze Plaque
West Bronze Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2008
8. West Bronze Plaque
South Bronze Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 5, 2008
9. South Bronze Plaque
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 28, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 875 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on November 28, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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