Was the geography of New York different when the Dutch settled it?
I am writing a history of New York agriculture in the last 500 years for the New York Farm Bureau. The geography of New York was not greatly different, when the Dutch settled it, minus cities of course, and a whole lot more forests then than now. There were still mountains, rivers, valleys, plains, and lakes. There were, however, many Indian villages. Answer The borders of the lower part of Manhattan were extended over the years - especially in the mid 1800's. Recently the Battery Wall was discovered as the Transit Authority of NYC was extended the subway line under Battery Park - about 100 feet from the current shoreline. Old World NYC has a graphic map in the gallery that shows the old geography in 1600's overlaid on the current streets. It may help you. http://www.oldworldnyc.com