New Amsterdam Plein: Nine

New Amsterdam Plein: Nine (HM2DCJ)

Location: New York, NY 10004 New York County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 42.134', W 74° 0.812'

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Minuit's Legacy

The English took over the Dutch colony in 1664, and New Amsterdam became New York. But the Dutch roots still thrive. Peter Minuit and his compatriots set Manhattan on course as a melting pot and business hub. The settlers weren't motivated by lofty ideals. There was a policy of tolerance, but also refusal to adhere to it. Their society didn't have the neat outline that spawned the Puritan myth in New England.
Yet what the settlers planted here may matter more now than ever. The terrorist attack that destroyed the World Trade Center and shook the world in September 2001 struck not only the center of American finance but also the few acres of lower Manhattan that were once New Amsterdam. The fact that one grew out of the other ought to be proof that the idea of tolerance remains a thing of power. Developing it, showing that it could work, was the messy genius of the first Manhattanites.
-Russel Shorto, from The Island at the Center of the World
Placed ByThe Kingdom of the Netherlands
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Date Added Monday, January 7th, 2019 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 583336 N 4506170
Decimal Degrees40.70223333, -74.01353333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 42.134', W 74° 0.812'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 42' 8.04" N, 74° 0' 48.72" W
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Area Code(s)212, 917, 646, 516, 347,
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3-15 State St, New York NY 10004, US
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