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July 17, 2012

A map for the area where the Slave Market was

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A modern version of the map showing the slave market on the right.  Here, north is top, and east (and the East River) is on the right hand side of the map. 

            I did not know anything about this slave market before a few days ago, when a blog reader wrote a comment on my post about the African Burial Grounds at  http://geographer-at-large.blogspot.com/2011/01/african-burial-grounds-update-and.html   Despite my fairly extensive knowledge of New York City history, I was not aware of the existence of the slave market.  Now, I DID know that New York City, at one point, had more slaves than any city in the nation, second only to Charleston, South Carolina.

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