A View of New Amsterdam 1685
on the Map Novi Belgii Novæque Angliæ
A copy of the map Novi Belgii Novæque Angliæ, drawn by Nicolaes Visscher in 1650, can be found at the Library of Congress. The lower right corner of the map shows a view titled "Nieuw Amsterdam op t eylant Manhattans," or New Amsterdam on the Island of Manhattan. A portion of the view on the 1685 copy displays a key for the some of the features nearest to Fort Amsterdam.
Novi Belgii Novæque Angliæ, Nicolaes Visscher
Library of Congress
The lower right corner of the map enlarged to show the view
"Nieuw Amsterdam op t eylant Manhattans," or
New Amsterdam on the Island of Manhattan
A portion of the View of New Amsterdam on the Island of Manhattan, 1685.
The letters A, B, C, D, E, F, and G are identified in the key below.
View high resolution images of this map at the American Memory website of the Library of Congress.
The Map Legend Translated
The view has a legend at the bottom, showing the letters that indicate various features. Some of the letters are visible on the enlarged portion above.
A. Het Fort (the fort)
B. de Kerck (the church)
C. de Wintmolen (the Windmill)
D. dese Vlagge wert op gehaelt als daer Schepen in de Haven kommen. (This flag was hoisted whenever ships come in the harbor)
E. t' gevangen huys (the jail house)
F. de H. Generaels huys (the Director General's house)
G. t' Gerecht (the gallows)
H. de Kaeck, on the roof slightly below and to the left of F (possiblythe kitchen)
I. Compagnies Pachuys (the company's storehouse)
K. Stadts Herberch (the town's inn)