New York

(New Amsterdam) Come live in the best of the 13 colonies!!!

Who settled here and why?

The first to settle here were the Dutch, making New Amsterdam their third major settlement. With Hudson River transport and the riches of trade flowing through it, the colony prospered and later, in 1664, the British took over. Culturally and religiously diverse, New Amsterdam, later renamed New York, is religiously tolerant and harmonious.

Religion in New York

Since New York is in between Puritan New England, Catholic Maryland, and colonized by both Catholics and Protestants, it is a religiously tolerant and diverse colony. Settle here and enjoy a religiously tolerant community!!! (No need to conform religiously as residents of Puritan New England do!)

Impact of Location and Geography

Since New York's climate is perfect for farming its economy has thrived and trade is profitable. In addition, the geography of New York includes the Hudson River, a major trading center, which boosts its economy.


Fertile soil and mild climate. Warm summer/spring with mild winter/fall.

Major trade items include timber, fur, coal, iron ore, livestock, and corn!

Colonial Government

The colony of New York is ruled by the governor that the King of England has appointed, along with an elected assembly. There is religious freedom and free rights for the Dutch (original) and English settlers. The governor, however, rules strictly and there is limited say in government.

Major events in New York (timeline)

1624 Dutch first settle in New Amsterdam

1664 New Amsterdam becomes New York

1754 Albany Congress: helped unite the colonies against the Natives

1777 New York has its first consititution