Tag: Dutch West India Company

Peter Stuyvesant’s Bouweries and their Legacy Today

On March 12, 1651, Peter Stuyvesant, Director General of the Dutch West India Company, purchased Bouwerie (Dutch for ‘farm’) #1 and part of Bouwerie #2 in what is today’s East Village and surrounding neighborhoods. While it only remained farmland for …

Peter Stuyvesant’s Bouweries and their Legacy Today Read More »

Anthony Congo, Freed Slave and Early Lower Manhattan Landowner

On March 26, 1647, Anthony (also referred to as Antony) Congo, a newly manumitted slave of the Dutch West India Company, was granted six acres of land by the Council of New Amsterdam just east of the Bowery. His was …

Anthony Congo, Freed Slave and Early Lower Manhattan Landowner Read More »

North America’s First Freed Black Settlement Right in our Neighborhood

In continuing our celebration of black history month, we have a new and exciting entry to our Civil Rights and Social Justice Map: North America’s First Freed Black Settlement.  According to historian Christopher Moore, the first legally emancipated community of …

North America’s First Freed Black Settlement Right in our Neighborhood Read More »

Top