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What was the early American experience like in New York? How can anyone accurately tell such a story? The people at New York University's Fales Library, working in conjunction with the New York Historical Society have done quite a job via their extensive holdings. As the homepage states, "here you can explore the history of New York through the words of those who lived it." The materials on the site in the "Archive" area include dozens of letters, newspapers, broadsides, legal records, and maps that tell the story of New York from the early Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam up to the British occupation of the city during the American Revolution. Moving on, the "Tour" area offers some key documents from the period, including an early property deed from New Amsterdam and a letter from George Washington about sending 4,000 troops to New York in 1781. Finally, the site has a few lesson plans and related materials in the "Learn Resources" area that are worth checking out.
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