Data

This site contains two kinds of data about the City of New York in the 1730s and 1740s. I compiled this data between 2001 and 2004 for my research into an alleged slave rebellion in New York in 1741; it is described in detail in Appendix A of my book, NEW YORK BURNING: LIBERTY, SLAVERY AND CONSPIRACY IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY MANHATTAN (New York: Knopf, 2005). Demographic data, including censuses and tax lists, along with the entire text of the legal proceedings held in the New York Supreme Court and printed by Justice Daniel Horsmanden in his JOURNAL OF THE PROCEEDINGS in 1744, are available in a dataverse. I created the tables in this dataverse in a relational database, and they can be imported into one. More details about the data, and my findings, are described in the various appendices to NEW YORK BURNING, which are also available at the dataverse. Spatial data, including five eighteenth-century maps of New York City overlaid onto Google Satellite, can be seen at the fully navigable WorldMap, below. This map contains many layers, which you can turn off and on by checking the Data boxes. Some of the data from the dataverse is also searchable in this map. Use the Legend tool to see quantities, like population. Use the Identify tool to see building elevations (taken from the Grim map). Right click on any historic map to alter its opacity.