Come To New York!


Original European Settlers

New York was originally called New Netherlands. It was named in honor of the Duke of York and Albany, England. The territory was granted on its conquest from its first settlers the Dutch. On September 13th 1609, a vessel (The Crescent) came to anchor within Sandy Hook, New Jersey about seventeen miles from New York. It was the first ever vessel within those waters. The ships commander, Henry Hudson was an English captain in the service of the Dutch East India Company and was on a voyage for discovering a northern passage to India but, failing in this, he continued along new land and and went as far as the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays. HENRY HUDSON BELOW

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We are located on the Atlantic Coast of North America. We are bordered by New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the south and by Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont to the east. There are mountains in the northeast, the Atlantic coastal plain, and lowlands from lake ontario along the Canadian border. We have a mild climate with warm summers and mild winters. There is plenty of fertile soil and land suited for farming.

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Religion & Trade

We are not dominated by a specific religion which gives religious freedom for Quakers, Catholics, Lutherans, Jews, etc. We have a Representative Government and you are always welcome here! We have great farmland, timbers, fur, and coal. Iron ore is a particular natural resource that we also have. We export agricultural products and resources such as plows, kettles, locks, nails, and a variety of other tools. We are a part of the middle colonies. The middle colonies are a big food producing region. We produce corn, wheat, and livestock such as beef and pork. Other industries include the production of iron ore, lumber, fur, and shipbuilding.


We were founded in 1626 by Peter Minuit and other on Manhattan Island. The reason for our founding was for trade and profits. In 1638 the Swedish settlement was led by Peter Minuit (who also started the Sweden colony) and in 1646 Peter Stuyvesant became Dutch Governor of the New Netherlands. In 1655 the Dutch defeated the swedes in Delaware and Stuyvesant took possession of the New Sweden colony. In 1664 the Dutch lost New Amsterdam to the British who re-named us New York, after the Duke of York.

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Key People

*Henry Hudson

*Peter Minuit

*Peter Stuyesant