Early Manuscript Maps
of New Netherlands
"Pascaert van Nieuw Nederlandt Virginia, ende Nieuw-Engelandt
. . ."
[ Digital ID# g3320 lh00817 ]
"Noort Rivier in Niew Neerlandt,"
[ Digital ID# g3802 ct001070 ]
Reputedly drawn by Joan Vinckeboons, cartographer to the Prince
of Nassau for the West India Company of Holland, these two manuscript
charts depict the early seventeenth-century Dutch colony of New
Netherlands, where the major settlement focused on the Hudson
The maps were part of a larger manuscript atlas
compiled for the West India Company, reflecting the Dutch trading
and settlement interests in the Western Hemisphere. The map
displayed on the left shows the Hudson River divided in two segments,
with the lower river and Fort Amsterdam (Manhattan) pictured
above and the upper river and Fort Orange (Albany) drawn below.
Geography & Map Division
Gift of Henry Harrisse, 1915 (17.12, 20.5)