The Mapping Early New York Project

Building a 3D model of New Amsterdam



Take a walk down Manhattan’s Stone street in 1660, look inside homes, gardens, taverns, and meet people on the street in this video which is a preview of NAHC’s Virtual New Amsterdam Project (VNAP), a 3D recreation of New Amsterdam in Google Earth.

With your support, visitors will be able explore New Amsterdam as it looked nearly 400 years ago. The VNAP is connected to an extensive database of ship, land, and citizen records with additional multimedia content drawn from NAHC’s partner organizations. As visitors explore the virtual settlement, they will have access to information from the database that will help them understand the history and context of New Amsterdam.

As the stories of Margrietje Cosyns, Govert LoockermansManuel de Gerrit, and Asser Levy reveal, New Amsterdam is full of fascinating characters and stories that show the early energy and complexity of the city. This history lives on today in numerous ways, having influenced the development of New York City and the United States as a whole. NAHC is building the Virtual New Amsterdam Project to bring New Amsterdam to life, so that it can be studied by scholars and students in an immersive way.