TRIVIAL PURSUITS: How Did Wall Street Get Its Name?

Located in New York City, Wall Street has become a term for the U.S. financial center as a whole.

How did Wall Street get its name?


In the 17th century, when New York City was called New Amsterdam, the Dutch actually built a wall there to protect them from pirates, Native Americans and other potential dangers. The wall was 12 feet tall, according to some sources.