New York was still a town when this map was published in 1775, and it was already a thriving centre of business.
The Great Fire of 1776 destroyed most of the buildings and businesses between Broadway and the Hudson River.
Gift of the Bain family, 2008
Title: A Plan of the City of New-York & its Environs to Greenwich on the
North or Hudson's River and to Crown Point, on the East or Sound
River, Shewing the Several Streets, Publick Buildings, Docks, Fort and
Battery, with the True Form and Course of the Commanding Grounds with
and Without the Town
Creator: John Montresor, 1736-1799
Publisher: London: Sold by A. Dury, 1775
Rights: Public domain
Courtesy: Toronto Public Library.
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Related item in our collection: A plan of New York Island, with part of Long Island, Staten Island & East New Jersey (1776), also donated by the Bain family in 2008.