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The Wall That Gave Wall Street Its Name

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In the early history of New York City, when it was still the Dutch city of New Amsterdam, famed Dutch director-general, Peter Stuyvesant, ordered the construction of a wall in 1653 “to surround the greater part of the city with a high stockade and small breastwork.” The Dutch constructed a palisade that was five to six feet high, made of heavy planks that ran from the Hudson River to the East River. The wall was intended to protect the city from potential attacks from Indians or English settlers, but was abandoned by 1699.

Markers along Wall Street show the palisade walls original location

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