Where Was the Room Where It Happened?, by BdotBarr [Bryan L. Barreras]

Second paragraph of third section (on Battery Park):

Fort Amsterdam changed names several limes (based upon the ruling country), including being named Fort George during the rule of George I, George II and George III. During the American Revolution, George Washington's troops seized the fort from the British in 1775. Guns from the fort fired on the British during the Battle of Long Island. Alexander Hamilton (along with several of his fellow King's College students) stole cannons from Fort George on August 23, 1775. The British recaptured Fort George and ruled New York from the fort for the remainder of the Revolution. The colonists finally took back the fort on Evacuation Day on November 25, 1783 after the British left.

When I read Ron Chernow's biography, on which Hamilton: The Musical is based, I reflected that New York itself comes across as a major character in the story, and this little (70-page) guidebook efficiently links the relevant moments of the show to the real places associated with the events it portrays, concentrating largely on the city where Hamilton lived and died, with a few excursions to New Jersey and further afield. It's a little jewel of a book, with history and geography neatly packed into two pages for each of the New York and New Jersey places mentioned, and proposed walking tours depending on how much time you have and whether you're Team Hamilton or Team Burr. The Room Where it Happened was at 57 Maiden Lane, which no longer exists; but a number of other places do, including in particular the Grange, Hamilton's home for the last couple of years of his life, which has been moved twice but is open for visitors in non-pandemic times. Recommended for Hamilton fans, or people who want a slightly different walking tour of the history of New York. You can get it here.

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