September 9th, 2009
Interactive Map: Manhattan in 1609

Have you ever wondered what New York was like before it was a city? Find out here, by navigating through the map below to discover Manhattan Island and its native wildlife in 1609.

Click to zoom into Mannahatta or enter your address or a landmark name (e.g. Empire State Building) in the text box below the map. Use the slider control to fade between 1609 and today and the ‘Streets’ button to turn on/off the roadways.

Map provided courtesy of The Mannahatta Project, a project of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

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The year 2009 marks the 400th anniversary of explorer Henry Hudson's voyage to New York State and the river that bears his name. Check out the links below for more information about Dutch New York and happenings in and around the state during New York's quadricentennial.
  • Mike Addiego

    thank you so very muchh for the program on WNET 13 and this wonder map. I’ve always wondered what this city I work in looked like those many years ago.

  • Connie Casciano

    I’ve always been fascinated by the early history of New York. The PBS show was wonderful and this site is FANTASTIC. I know what I’ll be doing the next few days or weeks. Thank you

  • nick smith

    thanks for this wonderful info in now know what web site im going to for now on

  • Jeff

    Not something you see commented on every day. However , some really valid comments here, thanks for an enlightening post!

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  • jocelyn314

    Why hasn’t anybody commented on this gift ! What a gorgeous site. There is so much to learn here. How fascinating to see the way the island was enlarged. The facts about the maps, the move of people, the flora and fauna. This is excellent. I could spend hours here.

  • cj

    Well done is nice to get this kind of information…its wonderful