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Original Castello Plan – 1660

The original Castello Plan. Full size photograph of manuscript map in the Biblioteca Medicea-Laurenziana of Florence, Italy. The Castello plan is the earliest known plan of New Amsterdam, and the only one dating from the Dutch period. The text at the top of the image states: “Image of the city Amsterdam in New Netherland”.


This view looking along the shore of the East river appears to have been taken from a point near the corner of the present Fulton and Water streets It shows the north side of the dock the water gate from the north and the shipping The church and Stadthuys are not distinctly seen as the sketch was probably taken from near the water level A portion of this sketch has been used in compiling the view on plate IX.