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New Amsterdam : Manhattan

A Day In history : February 2, 1653

New Amsterdam received municipal rights on February 2, 1653, thus becoming a city. It was renamed New York on September 8, 1664, in honor of the then Duke of York (later James II of England), in whose name the English had captured it. 

After the Second Anglo-Dutch War of 1665–1667, England and the United Provinces of the Netherlands agreed in the Treaty of Breda (1667) to the status quo: the English kept the island of Manhattan. The Dutch gave up their claim to the town and the rest of the colony, while in return the English formally abandoned the island of 'Run' in the East Indies to the Dutch, confirming their control of the valuable Spice Islands.

Manhattan is often described as the cultural and financial capital of the world. Many districts and landmarks in Manhattan have become well known, as New York City received a record of nearly 60 million tourists in 2015.

The borough hosts many world-renowned landmarks such as the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building and Central Park. Chinatown incorporates the highest concentration of Chinese people in the Western Hemisphere, and the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village is considered the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement.


Source Image: NASA ISS043-E-101802 Handheld from International Space Station Focal Length: 1150mm

Source Image: NASA ISS043-E-101802
Handheld from International Space Station
Focal Length: 1150mm

Raw Version of Orbital Intersection ISS Overlay & Satellite Basemap

Raw Version of Orbital Intersection
ISS Overlay & Satellite Basemap

Image Timestamp: 2015-04-11 22:00:36 UTC ISS Nadir position: 40.13°N, 72.3°W (United States) Image Geolocation: 40.7°N, 74.0°W (Manhattan : New York)

Image Timestamp: 2015-04-11 22:00:36 UTC
ISS Nadir position: 40.13°N, 72.3°W (United States)
Image Geolocation: 40.7°N, 74.0°W (Manhattan : New York)

SOURCE DATA

  • Geo-Historical Text : Wikipedia
  • Calculations : WolframAlpha Pro
  • Satellite Imagery: ESRI ArcGIS
  • Overlay Source Image: NASA Johnson