"T. Smits Vly in Early Times" (New Amsterdam, later New York City), Lithograph from 1861

Summary

Immigrants from the Netherlands settled present-day New York City in the early 1600s. The Dutch settlement, christened New Amsterdam, flourished as colonists bartered with the native Indians, farmed and plied various trades. This 19th-century print depicts boat builders working along the river and a prosperous farm with a windmill where colonists ground their grain.

Immigrants from the Netherlands settled present-day New York City in the early 1600s. The Dutch settlement, christened New Amsterdam, flourished as colonists bartered with the native Indians, farmed and plied various trades. This 19th-century print depicts boat builders working along the river and a prosperous farm with a windmill where colonists ground their grain.

Artifact

Print (Visual work)

Date Made

1861

Collection Title

Seymour Dunbar Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

82.129.467

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 4 in

Width: 6.75 in

Inscriptions

Description beneath: New York City, New York. Scene depicting T. Smits Vly in New Amsterdam days. Building small sailing boats for journeys up the river and along the coast. Lithograph. Published in Valentine's Manual. Date: 1861.

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