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By Gerard T. Koeppel

You both like it or hate it, yet not anything says big apple just like the highway grid of long island. Created in 1811 through a three-man fee that includes headstrong Founding Father Gouverneur Morris, the plan referred to as for a dozen parallel avenues crossing at correct angles with many dozens of parallel streets in an unbroken grid. Hills and valleys, streams and ponds, forests and swamps have been invisible to the grid; so too have been nation villages, roads, farms, and estates and generations of estate strains. All might disappear because the crosshatch cloth of the grid overspread the island: a heavy greatcoat at the land, the dense undergarment of the longer term city.

No different grid in Western civilization was once so huge and uniform because the one ordained in 1811. now not with out cause. whilst the grid plan was once introduced, manhattan was once slightly below 2 hundred years previous, an overgrown city on the southern tip of long island, a infamous jumble of streets laid on the whim of landowners. To deliver order past the chaos—and reliable genuine property to market—the road making plans fee got here up with a monolithic grid for the remainder of the island. Mannahatta—the local "island of hills"—became a spot of rectangles, in millions of blocks at the flattened panorama, and lots of extra millions of right-angled structures emerging in vertical mimicry.

The long island grid has been referred to as "a disaster" of city making plans and "the such a lot brave act of prediction in Western civilization." even if one feels approximately it, the main recognized city layout of a residing urban defines its everyday life. this can be its story.

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The ambitions for these seventeenth-century colonies varied wildly, as did the experiences of the men and women who migrated. There would be other false starts. For example, the English had to abandon Providence Island, a colony launched in the heart of Spanish territory. But English men and women continued to be inspired by the “inducements” laid out by Richard Hakluyt in the 1580s, and, over the course of the seventeenth century, gradually made their country a permanent and formidable force in the New World.

Questions to Consider As you read the various sources, it should be apparent that Ralegh, Hakluyt, and their associates held extraordinarily grand expectations for what could be achieved in Roanoke. Think about categories of ambition: religious, social, economic, and political. Remember that the Roanoke colony was located in territory King Philip II of Spain insisted belonged to him, that it was used by privateers raiding Spanish ships, and that it was promoted as a means of breaking Spanish domination in the New World.

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