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In the 1790s

In the 1790s, New York City merchants established a trade and financial district near Wall Street.

The Tontine Coffee House by Francis Guy, ca. 1797; Collection of The New-York Historical Society, accession # 1907.32

In the 1790s

Images of the Era: 1789-1815

During its first quarter century, the new United States government had to find its way in the world while attending to the nation’s business. Leaders met with Indian nations and faced often-hostile relations with European powers while coping with conflicts between emerging political parties and working out relationships among the three new branches of government.