10/12/2011 12:01 pm ET | Updated Dec 12, 2011

Wall Street Protests: 300 Years Of Protests In Lower Manhattan (INTERACTIVE MAP) - The Occupy Wall Street movement has entered its fourth week of demonstrations in New York City’s Financial District and is spreading to other cities across the United States and abroad. The participants’ choice of venue highlights the fact that, although many financial institutions are no longer based there, Wall Street remains a powerful symbol of the American economic system. For this reason and others, the iconic thoroughfare and surrounding areas in lower Manhattan have attracted numerous protests, riots and other gatherings since the 18th century. Explore the map below to find out about some of these historic events.

Click on the image below to access's interactive map of historical protests on Wall Street.