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The Castello Plan: The Mapping of Dutch New Amsterdam
Monday, September 27, 2021 | 6 pm ET | $21

Join us for a live, virtual journey through history, as experts walk you through a slideshow of objects and imagery and answer questions via Zoom, an easy-to-use video conferencing platform that requires no special login or membership.


In 1660, the leaders of New Amsterdam—today’s New York—commissioned cartographer Jacques Cortelyou to make a complete map of the city. That document, now known as the Castello, is remarkable both for its accuracy and for the insight it gives us into this Dutch frontier city. Join historian and journalist James Nevius for an online exploration of the Castello Plan—including a deep dive into 17th-century Lower Manhattan and the historical locations that still exist today—using images from the New-York Historical collection.

James Nevius is the co-author of Inside the Apple: A Streetwise History of New York City (Simon & Schuster) and Footprints in New York: Tracing the Lives of Four Centuries of New Yorkers (Lyons Press) as well as numerous articles on the history and architecture of the city for publications such as Monocle, The Chicago Tribune, Curbed, The New York Post, and more.


Online: Click on the orange “Buy Tickets” button at the top of this page.

PLEASE NOTE: Your ticket to the lecture also includes access to a recording of the talk on Vimeo beginning Sept. 28, so even if you miss the talk when it is presented live, you will be able to access it at your convenience.

Image: John Wolcott Adams (1874–1925) and I.N. Phelps Stokes (1867–1944)
Redraft of the Castello Plan New Amsterdam in 1660, 1916
Printed map, color wash on paper
New-York Historical Society Library, Maps Collection

Creative: Tronvig Group