Streets of New Amsterdam

October 4, 2010

New Amsterdam’s beginnings were heavily documented by Dutch cartographers. Most notable is the Castello Plan, that gives a particularly detailed map of virtually every structure in New Amsterdam. Coincidentally the Nicasius de Sille List of 1660 was surveyed that same year which entailed all the citizens of New Amsterdam and their addresses.

By looking at these maps you can see how avenues such as Broadway have been in existence from the very beginning. Also, the expansion of the city’s shore line as well as the expansion of the city as whole. As the city develops, it no longer remains the “walking city,” which spanned the length of roughly 2 miles, from Wall Street south. People start to move north as the city starts to flourish into a bustling Metropolis.

Walking Tours of where New Amsterdam used to be are also available:

http://www.walknyc.com/lm.htm

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