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February 10, 2012 08:21:56 AM
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elizabeth S. Titus

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upper West Side/CPW

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The earliest known map of NYC, the 1639 Manatas Map

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"This map, possibly done to encourage Dutch settlement, depicts plantations and small farms. These widely dispersed settlements are keyed by number in the lower right-hand corner to a list of land occupants. The list of references includes a grist mill, two sawmills and "Quarters of the Blacks, the Company's Slaves." Also delineated are a few roads represented by dashed lines and four Indian villages situated in what is now Brooklyn."
Library of Congress

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