The Bustling Metropolis of New York, Circa 1664


This is pretty cool:

“AMSTERDAM – To see some of the most important documents in the early history of New York, you need to go to Amsterdam.
The Rijksmuseum, the Netherland’s national museum, put those documents on display Friday, including early maps and the only report of the purchase of Manhattan by Europeans…

A detailed 1665 painting by Johannes Vingboons is also on display, portraying the early city like a small Dutch village of the period. A windmill stands out in the background, and the town’s gallows are prominently on the coast in plain view of arriving ships.”

Yes, the gallows were on the waterfront to warn sailors to behave themselves while in port. I’s built for four, so it must have seen quite a bit of action.

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Here’s the full rez version at Wikipedia.

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