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Hamilton in New York Tour

Experience Colonial New York from Hamilton's perspective with a specialist
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Tour Details
Duration
3 hours
Product Type
Tour
Venues
  • Trinity Church
  • Fraunces Tavern
  • Bowling Green
  • Federal Hall
Photos & Highlights
  • Embark on an immersive journey through the past with an American History scholar
  • Dive into the stories of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and other influential figures from early American history that shaped the nation
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Tour Description
In the world of the hip-hop musical "Hamilton," we are introduced to America's immigrant founding father and his complex historical legacy. But, who was Hamilton? Where does the blockbuster show take creative liberties? And how did the Revolutionary War impact New York City? 

During this three-hour walking tour, you'll immerse yourself in the rich history of the late colonial period, discover pivotal New York City battles during the Revolutionary War, and engage in discussions about Alexander Hamilton's integral part in shaping the United States government. his exploration will shed light on the profound influence that this period continues to exert on the identity of modern-day America.
Your Hamilton Tour begins at Manhattan's southernmost tip, where the Dutch founded New Amsterdam in 1643. This location, adjacent to the Hudson River, played a pivotal role in colonial success, eventually becoming the British Empire's key port. 

Imagine Alexander Hamilton, born in the West Indies and orphaned at 13, arriving in the colonies in 1772. He swiftly immerses himself in politics, enlisting in the militia and later assuming the role of Washington's chief of staff during the war. Now, as you stand at the present Museum of the American Indian site, you'll explore Hamilton's immigrant journey and contemplate the rich tapestry of diverse communities that helped shape the United States.

The Revolutionary War and 1776

As you meander through Battery Park and proceed to Bowling Green, you'll unravel the pivotal political significance of these parks, safeguarding New York well into the 18th century. Your focus will shift from Dutch colonization to the reign of the British Empire, with Alexander Hamilton emerging as a central figure in the Revolutionary War. The ever-expanding economic trade, coupled with the ramifications of the Seven Years War and growing discontent over imperial taxation, set the stage for colonial rebellion. 

This period witnessed critical milestones like the convening of the Second Continental Congress and the decisive Battle of Yorktown, where Hamilton's role was nothing short of indispensable. You'll delve into Hamilton's remarkable friendships with luminaries such as Marquis de Lafayette and John Laurens, exploring their profound impact on the war effort and their significant contributions to the colony's ultimate quest for independence from Great Britain.

Becoming the United States of America

As you stroll past Fraunces Tavern, a cherished gathering spot for the Sons of Liberty and where Washington delivered his iconic farewell, you'll delve into the remarkable story of Hercules Mulligan, Hamilton's confidant who served as a spy, saving Washington's life on two occasions. Continuing your walk towards Trinity Church, you'll contemplate the role of religion in the British Empire during the 18th century and pay homage at the final resting place of Hamilton, his beloved wife Eliza, and Angelica Schuyler. Our journey concludes near City Hall Park and the U.S. Treasury, where Hamilton ascended to the position of Secretary, just one of the many enduring legacies he crafted in his illustrious post-war career.

Key Take-Aways

The echoes of our colonial history persist vibrantly in contemporary New York City, exemplified by the resounding success of the musical and the resurging fascination with Hamilton's life. As we connect the dots between historical sites, influential figures, and pivotal moments of the Revolutionary War, we'll unveil a vivid portrait of America's most transformative era.
Where do we meet and end the tour?
Our tour generally starts near Battery Park in Lower Manhattan and concludes near City Hall Park and the U.S. Treasury. Detailed meeting point directions and a 24-hour contact number for any last-minute issues will be provided in your confirmation email.

What if it’s raining?
Tours operate rain or shine, but in the case of inclement weather, your guide will modify the tour so more time is spent indoors. It never hurts to have an umbrella on hand.

Is this a walking intensive tour?
This walk covers about 2 miles overall at a gentle pace. There are occasional opportunities to sit, use the bathroom, and get something to drink if needed.
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83 Reviews (4.8)

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Ben is a wonderful guide. Very knowledgeable and friendly, and he adapted easily to the varying levels of knowledge in our group.
I am on a cruise ship, back Saturday. I will respond more fully later.Scotland
Brad was enthusiastic and His love of History on Hamilton shone. But felt he could have given us MORE