Friday, January 30, 2009

Mannahatta

This year is the quadricentennial of Henry Hudson's 1609 arrival to the island of Manhattan (the explorers first saw the island on September 12, 1609). The native Lenni Lenape called the island Mannahatta, the "land of many hills". No piece of Earth has been so transformed. Times Square, where I worked for two years, was a swamp in 1609.

The Mannahatta Project is recreating the 1609 island, its topography and ecology. They'll have displays and events throughout the year and a book is associated with the project.

(image credit: WCS/M.Boyer, wcs.org)