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Manatus Map 1639

by Johannes Vingboons, 1616-1670

Created in 1639, the Manatus Map is the earliest known drawing of New York City. The full name, “Manatus Gelegen op de Noot Rivier,” or “Manatus located on the North River,” refers to the Dutch name for what is known today as the Hudson River. The map shows many individual farms and plantations, as well as both Conyne and Staten Eylandts. Exactly who drew it is still a mystery, but historians think it was likely the cartographer for the Prince of Nassau for the West India Company of Holland, Johannes Vingboons, or cartographer Joan Vinckeboons. Currently the map is housed at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.


1639 Johannes Vingboons draws Manatus Map

Reference Links

link Library of Congress: Manatus Map
article Interpreting the Little-Known Minuit Maps of c. 1630
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