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Manhattan's southern tip has changed dramatically since the Dutch West India Company claimed it from Lenape Indians in 1626 for sixty Dutch guilders. Within 20 years of their arrival, the Dutch were working to fill and extend the natural shoreline. British and American residents continued to alter the island's geography in subsequent centuries.

See how Lower Manhattan has changed -- from 17th century Dutch fortress to 21st century financial center.

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