Africans in Early New York

Africans in Early New York (HM2ECX)

Location: New York, NY 10007 New York County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 42.881', W 74° 0.266'

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Africans were brought to the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam from different regions with diverse cultures, religions, and languages. In 1664 the British captured New Amsterdam and renamed it New York. Before the American Revolution, New York had more enslaved Africans - its most valuable commodity - than any other colony in the North. There were also free Africans, some descended from those freed by the Dutch West India Company. Men cleared farmland, felled swamps, and built structures and roads like Broadway and The Wall (today's Wall Street). Women sewed, cooked, harvested, and cared for owners' children as well as their own. From an early age, children carried water and firewood. The work was hard and death rates for Africans were disproportionately high.
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HM NumberHM2ECX
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Placed ByNational Park Service/U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Friday, February 15th, 2019 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 584089 N 4507561
Decimal Degrees40.71468333, -74.00443333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 42.881', W 74° 0.266'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 42' 52.86" N, 74° 0' 15.96" W
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Area Code(s)212, 917, 646, 718, 347
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 290 Broadway, New York NY 10007, US
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