The Battery

The Battery sits at the edge of Lower Manhattan on the river.  It served as the first battery of cannons to help protect the Dutch of New Amsterdam.  The area was built up into a better defense for the War of 1812.  Later, some of the buildings became the first station to receive immigrants into New York, long before Ellis Island.  Today, Battery Park is a conservatory dedicated to preserving the nature and history of the area, and is a family friendly park.

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