Come Live in New York!

Visit and settle in this diverse New World colony!

Why did European countries want to settle here?

New York (originally New Amsterdam) was first settled by the Dutch in the early 1600s in order to gain resources, specifically fur, which the area had in plenty, as well as to gain land holdings. Sweden also set up a brief settlement which was soon overtaken by the Dutch.

New Netherland became New York in 1664, when Great Britain took over for the prosperous fur trade, as well as the land in the area and the trade routes provided by harbors and rivers.

Where is New York? How does this affect economy?

New York is the northernmost of the Middle Colonies. The Hudson River runs through the colony. Canada and Lake Champain lie to the North, and Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, and the St. Lawrence River lie to the west. New York has some arable land which is perfect for farms, forested land which is perfect for lumber, and excellent natural rivers and harbors which make it a major center for trade and commerce. New York's geography and decently warm climate have had profitable effects on its economy.

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Details about New York:

New York was one of the Middle Colonies. It was not dominated by a specific religion, as the combination of British and Dutch churches as well as religious tolerance makes New York an especially diverse colony. This gives religious freedom to Quakers, Catholics, Lutherans, Jews, and others! New York became a Royal Colony in 1685, so it has an appointed Royal governor, as well as a partially elected legislature. New York, while strong in trading and commerce, exports agriculture such as corn, wheat, and livestock, as characteristic of the Middle Colonies. New York also produces iron ore, lumber, textiles, and fur.

Major events in New York's History! (So far... it's only 1750, after all!)

- New York (AKA New Amsterdam) was first discovered by the Dutch in 1609.
- The New Sweden Colony began in 1638, but was taken by the Dutch in 1655.
- New Amsterdam was captured by the British and renamed New York after the Duke of York in 1664.
- In 1672, the Dutch temporarily recaptured New York without a single shot fired from either side. Luckily, New York was soon restored to British control.

Key People in New York's development!

- Henry Hudson first discovered New York in 1609.
- Peter Minuit officially began the colony of New Amsterdam in 1626, buying the land from the Native Americans for only 60 dulcets!
- Peter Stuyvesant was the last Dutch governor of New Amsterdam (appointed by the Dutch West India Company).
- Charles II, King of England, granted his brother James, Duke of York, an area including New Amsterdam.
- James, Duke of York, immediately took New Amsterdam in 1664 and renamed it after himself - New York.
- Governor Lovelace was presiding over New York when, in 1672, a small Dutch squadron took back New York without a single shot fired from either side.

James II of England (James, Duke of York)

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So why should you live here?

The religious diversity is a fantastic opportunity for individuals who are unsatisfied with the strict religious rules of their home country. The various trades of this colony - such as farming, lumber, and even manufacturing ships or trading - gives a good chance for people to prosper in New York. Come visit, and maybe even live here!