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The Untold History of Slavery in New York City
New York has been for the most of in its history the largest, most diverse and economically ambitious city in America.
Anchored by Wall Street, New York City has been called both the most economically powerful city and the hub of the global financial center. But for more than 2 centuries New York was also a hub for America's slave trade. Enslaved and free Africans were largely responsible for the construction of the early city, first by clearing land, then by building a fort, mills, bridges, houses, and even the first city hall.
The very name Wall Street is born of slavery, as they built a wall in 1653 to protect Dutch settlers from Indian raids.
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