Dutch Nautical Chart, ca. 1687

This map contains some of the earliest detail known of the Hudson River. The Map is oriented east-west at the top of the chart, above a chart of the coast from New Jersey to what may be Cape Cod. Since Henry Hudson was sailing for the Dutch East India Company, no charts were produced as a result of his journey. Instead his ascent up the River to Albany provided the Dutch with their claim to the New York region.