November 19, 2018

POSTED BY

Jose Fresan

CATEGORY

The First Map of New York

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Maps have inspired wonder, art, adventure, and exploration through human history. They’ve transformed from tools to beautiful pieces of art and design. New York has become one of the most interesting places to map since the 17th Century. The first known map of New York is originally dated 1639 and …

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Maps have inspired wonder, art, adventure, and exploration through human history. They’ve transformed from tools to beautiful pieces of art and design. New York has become one of the most interesting places to map since the 17th Century.

The first known map of New York is originally dated 1639 and is called De Manatus Op de Noort Riuier (The Manatus map). And even though it’s not as accurate as our modern maps, it’s a beautiful piece of artwork.

The map depicts the settlements of New Amsterdam and also marks the Native American settlements of the area. It’s fun to analyze the geographic data of it and compare it to current maps. It is amazing how these early cartographers worked to create these maps. The Manatus map is possibly the work of Dutch cartographer and painter Johannes Vingboons; but no one nows for sure. The map clearly shows artistic skills in its beautiful colors and details.

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New York maps have evolved and become more complex and accurate with the exponential growth of the city through the centuries. Comparing the Manatus Map to Our Iconic New York Poster can give you an idea of how the city has changed from a few houses as icons to the most iconic city in the world.

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You can explore the Manatus Map here.