Great Fire of New York (1776)

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A 1776 map shows the part of Manhattan that was effected by the fire in red.

The Great Fire of New York was a large fire in New York City. It burned through the night of September 21, 1776 on the west side of the former boundaries of New York City at the southern end of the island of Manhattan. It started in the when the British military forces had first controlled the city during the American Revolutionary War.

The fire destroyed 10 to 25% of the city. Some of the unburned parts of the city were ransacked. Many people thought that one or more people started the fire on purpose, for many of different reasons. British leaders accused American rebels, who had recently lost the Battle of Long Island, of starting the fire. Most people thought that one side or the other had started it.