An Historical Atlas of New York City
New York City began as the Lenape hunting grounds of Mannahatta. Mannahatta became the Dutch trading post of New Amsterdam. New Amsterdam became the English settlement of New York. New York became the the first capitol of America and in time the world's first supercity.
Along the way it’s original landscape of marshes, woodlands and hills has been transformed into a cartesian grid of asphalt, cement and glass. The city has been razed and rebuilt so many times that it now shows very few traces of its past. There is perhaps no other place on earth that has been so completely and relentlessly transformed.
The only real way to see this past is through historic maps and fortunately, with a cartographic heritage that stretches back to the 15th century, there is no shortage of those.
So this is the history of the city in maps.
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