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Guide to the Giovanni da Verrazzano letter 1979.015

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Matthew Gorham

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Verrazzano, Giovanni da, 1485-1528
Title: Giovanni da Verrazzano Letter
Dates: 1524
Abstract: This collection contains a facsimile of an original letter from Giovanni da Verrazzano (also known as James Verrazanus) to King Frances I of France upon Verrazano's exploration of the Atlantic Coast of the United States in March through May of 1524. Among other accomplishments, Verrazzano was the first European explorer to enter New York Harbor and the Hudson River. The Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, which connects Brooklyn and Staten Island, is named in his honor. This copy, obtained by the Brooklyn Historical Society in 1905, was the first known verbatim facsimile of the document in the United States.
Quantity: 0.08 Linear feet in one folder
Text [Box]: A0090
Call Phrase: 1979.015
Sponsor: This collection was processed and described as part of the project, "Uncovering the Secrets of Brooklyn's 19th Century Past: Creation to Consolidation," funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources, with additional support from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Verrazzano, Giovanni da, 1485-1528

Document Type

  • Correspondence

Subject Topics

  • Explorers -- United States

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to users without restriction.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Giovanni da Verrazzano letter, 1979.015, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Alfred Tredway White, 1905.

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