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The City's Docks in the 17th and 18th Centuries

This image, depicting a plan of New Amsterdam circa 1660, clearly shows the "Great Dock." Interestingly, as time progresses this dock becomes Moore Street (as in where you moor your boat). The canal visible in the middle of the image was constructed in 1643 to carry off swamp waters. It was earlier known as "the Ditch" and later becomes Broad Street.

This image, from 1797, provides a clearer example of the type of docks and quays that were built up to Ferry Street on Manhattan's eastern edge.

Although later, this image shows the development around the Great Dock between the years of 1717 and 1746.

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