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Fletcher Blanchard <[log in to unmask]>
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A LISTSERV list for discussions pertaining to New York State history." <[log in to unmask]>
Sun, 13 Jun 1999 14:52:26 -0400
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Since some new information on this topic has been posted, I would
like to thank the new contributors and summarize all the findings in
case anyone is interested.

1. The original query was to identify the "Spier's 1660 NY Map".

2.  Readers of this list suggested that the map might be found in
"The Legend of New Amsterdam" by Peter Spier. A copy was ordered via
ILL from, appropriately, the Amsterdam, NY Free Library. The map
titled, "the City of New Amsterdam on the Island of Manhatten in the
Colony of New Netherland, Anno 1660", appears on the last page of
this children's book, accompanied by a "Description and Key to the
Plan" which identifies most of the military installations,
businesses and residences shown on the map.

3. This same map appears as an image map, as part of the Virtual New
Amsterdam project on Fleet Teachout's web page at:
Use this same URL, without  map.html , to obtain information about
using this image map and link from [A table] to view/print an
alphabetical list (by first name) compiled from the book's
"Description and Key to the Plan".

4. Although no mention is made in the Spier book, David Allen has
pointed out that The City of New Amsterdam map which Mr. Spier
created for his publication, is a 'redrawing' of "The Costello Plan"
which is described in "Manhatten in Maps, 1556-1995" by Paul E.
Cohen and "The Iconography of Manhatten Island, 1498-1909" by I. N.
Phelps Stokes. Both of these publications are available at the NYS

   Fletch Blanchard