Stories of New Amsterdam
Merchants. Traders. Government officials. They lived on the island of Manhattan in the 17th century, in a city called New Amsterdam. Details from their lives are reflected in historical records that have been preserved for over 300 years. These records include business contracts, loan agreements, wills, deeds, court transcripts, marriage contracts, and more. The archival records illuminate a time, a place, and a diverse population from which we can both gain new perspectives, and identify common threads.