William Henry Roll

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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. --Laurence Binyon,"Ode of Remembrance"

I have gathered a posie of other men's flowers, and nothing but the string that binds them is mine own. --Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Documenting your family history is a lifelong pursuit, a task of pleasure and research that is never completely finished.

Not to know one's ancestors, is to be a tree without roots, a stream without a source. --Kung-fut-se

The wind whispers through the trees, recalling words and dreams and memories of those who left us long ago. --Unknown

St. Basil of Caesarea, born about 330 A.D., said, "A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love."


This website was created the old-fashioned way; it has been hand coded.

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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

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

view of New Amsterdam

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)