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Old Posted Jan 23, 2011, 12:57 PM
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What did cities look like 400 years ago?

I found some very interesting old images of New York from the 1600s. I'm curious to see images that other people have of other cities from this time.






http://www.nuevaamsterdam.com/eng/?pg=new_amsterdam

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No pictures here but it's easy to picture -- a great many trees and a smattering of Cherokee down by the river.
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Rock Island sits on the site of former Sauk Nation capital of Saukenuk. The great warrior and Native American advocate, Black Hawk was born here around 1767. (Contrary to popular belief, he wasn't a Chief),
While it wasn't exactly 400 years ago, Saukenuk was located here from around 1730 until the end of the Blackhawk War in 1832.
The population of Saukenuk fluctuated between 4,000 and up to 8,000 natives.
Apparently the village (or city) impressed the first white explorers with it's wide streets, courtyards and alleys. (Well, they were impressed until they destroyed it two or three times before the Sauk were finally driven out.)
Not a lot of images but imagine a thousand or so bark wikiups like these.





Not a trace of Saukenuk remains.

http://mississippivalleytraveler.com/wordpress/?p=133
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I found some very interesting old photos of New York from the 1600s.
I think those are actually drawings and not photos of New York.
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Of course. There were no cameras in the 1600s.
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London -- just before the Great Fire of 1666.


http://libwiki.mcmaster.ca/geog3ur3/...donBridge.jpeg

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I hear New Amsterdam is beautiful in the spring. And they have excellent bagels. But the parking is impossible, oh vey.
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this is what houston looked like in 1611:

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I'm surprised that no Spanish colonial settlements existed in or around Houston.
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This was Detroit about 37 years after those images of New York:



Detroit missed the 17th century by one year.
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Downtown Miami was a still a Tequesta village in the 1600's. South Florida had a Spanish presence starting in 1513 with a mission and stockade constructed in 1567 on the South bank of the Miami River but the Spanish had left the area by the 1600's

A typical scene from Miami circa 1600:
http://www.sfcbsa.net/Council/Teques...8/Default.aspx
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North Carolina's Roanoke Island (The Lost Colony) in 1587. 424 years ago! Very interesting story behind the settlement, if you want to research it.

It's known as Manteo, N.C. today.


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^ learned of Roanoke in elementary school!
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I know, I was going to say that's basically the next chapter after Columbus in most elementary history books.
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Beijing 1600-1700, (on-off worlds largest city from 1500-1825).
At it's heart lay the worlds largest palace - the Forbidden City with 980 buildings and 8700 rooms, in turn its 4km long, 170 ft wide moat surrounded by the Inner or Imperial City. That in turn was housed in the Tatar City where the ruling Manchus lived, whilst beyond lay the all encompassing Chinese City, where the subjugated Chinese lived. All this was surrounded by the greatest ever city walls, with castle sized watchtowers and gates.


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www.tour-beijing.com

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