New York City: a brief history: 1600-2017


Note: I use present-day names. Within each decade, things are not necessarily in chronological order. 

Manhattan circa 1600, looking north.

1600: Population: 1,000?

Wall Street in 1660 – when it still had a wall. And when Water Street was still on the water. North-east is up.

1700: Population: 5,000.

  • 1700s: 42% of households have slaves.
  • 1710s: slave uprising, African Burial Ground now in use.
  • 1720s:
  • 1730s:
  • 1740s:

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