Historic Map - Brooklyn, NY - 1879

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The city of Brooklyn. Sketched & drawn on stone by C. R. Parsons.

Reproduction panorama map of Brooklyn, New York, drawn on stone by Charles Richard Parsons and published by Currier & Ives in 1879. In 1645, Lady Deborah Moody led a group of religious dissenters to the area of Brooklyn and founded the town of Gravesend in the Dutch colony of New Netherland. Lady Moody was an Anabaptist who'd left England due to religious persecution. While Lady Moody was considered a dangerous woman in her time, she got along well with New Netherland governor Peter Stuyvesant, and Gravesend citizens were granted religious freedom. The Dutch West India Company authorized the village of Brooklyn in 1646, naming it after Breuckelen, a province of Utrecht. The Dutch set up their trade network here, but soon lost Brooklyn to the English. The British ruled the area until the end of the American Revolution, using New York as their military base of operations during the war and holding American patriot prisoners aboard their rotting prison-ships in Wallabout Bay. More patriot prisoners died on these ships than in all battles of the war. In the 1800s Brooklyn's East River population grew and in 1854, neighboring town Williamsburgh was annexed.

This beautifully colored map from 1879 shows street and river traffic.

Features references to the following locations:

1st Williamsburgh Presbyterian Church
South 3rd St. Presbyterian Church
Ferry to Grand & Roosevelt Sts.
Williamsburgh Savings Bank
Ross St. Presbyterian Church
Kings County Fire Insurance Co.
East River Bridge
St. John's M. E. Church
U. S. Cob Dock
Catherine Ferry
Hamilton Ferry
Wallabout Bay
Atlantic Docks
Atlantic Basin
Fort Columbus
Castle William
Gowanus Canal
Red Hook Point
Gravesend Bay
Greenwood Cemetery
John Wesley M. E. Church
U. S. Naval Hospital
U. S. Marine Barracks
Church of the Assumption of B. V. M.
St. James' Cathedral
Tompkins Square
City Park
Lefferts Park
Washington Park
Prospect Park
Governors Island
Simpson Methodist Church
Plymouth Church
Clinton Ave. Congregational Church
Fleet St. M. E. Church
Catholic Cathedral
Holy Trinity Church
Tabernacle Church
Church of the Pilgrims
St. Ann's Church
St. Peter's Church
St. Paul's Church
Lafayette Ave. Presbyterian Church
Church of the Reconciliation
Strong Place Baptist Church
South Congregational Church
1st Place M. E. Church
Montaque Terrace
Brooklyn Heights
East New York
Ridgewood Reservoir
City Jail
City Hall
Court House
County Building
Academy of Music
South Ferry
Coney Island


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