The area around New York has been inhabited in over 11.000 years. This was earlier land of the Indians and were shared by several different Indian tribes. The earliest inhabitans called themselves
Lenape - so-called "the people of the area". One trace from the Lenape Indians is today Broadway
on Manhattan, it was earlier an old footpath.
The Italian explorer Giovanni Da Verrazzano (1485-1528) bump into the bay of New York as the
first European, after his search for a northwest passage to Asia. He was sent by the King
Francis I of France who wanted to find a new way to Asia, to increase the trade business.
Verrazzano has in his reports to the King described the coast of North America. In the entrance to the harbour in New York there is a bridge named after him - the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge - who
unite Staten Island and Brooklyn. More information about Giovanni Da Verrazzano. Island and Brooklyn. More information about Giovanni Da Verrazzano »
Furhunters from Europe settles in the area.
1623 (Dec 23)/1624
I a court decision in Amsterdam Dec 23 1623, the right is given to the Dutch West India Company
to prevail over the area at 38 and 39 latitude, who at this time sends over the first
Dutch settlers during 1624. With captain Cornelius May, the first settles arrives with the
ship "New Netherland" to New Netherland in June 1624. Cornelius May also becomes the first
leader of New Netherlands.
Fort Amsterdam are built at the south side of Manhattan 1625, who later on becomes New York
and today it is the area Battery Park. The fort should protect the inhabitants from Englishman
Peter Minuit - director-general in the Duch West India Company (1626-1633) buys the Island
Manhattan of the Lenape Indians (also called the Manahatta Indians) 1626 for Lenape Indians
worth 60 gulden (approx 24 USD, in todays currency approx 500-700 USD).
The Duke of England´s troops occupies New Amsterdam completely surprising and the area
change name to New York.
The Dutch reclaims the area and now calles the city "New Oranien".
Feb 9 - The Englishman conquests the area.
Feb 19 -
Englishman and Dutch signs the peace
in Westminster and the area agin becomes New York and English.
1775 - 1783
American Revolutionary War (The American revolution).
1776 (July 4)
After have been under English government in over 100 years, New York declare it´s independence and
become one of 13 states. The Declaration of Independence.
1783 (Sept 3)
England acknowledge the 13 states independence and the peace document is written.
1785 - 1790
New York is the capital in the US.
| 1789 (April 30)
George Washington (1732 - 1799) swear to become the first American president (1789-1797)
president oath outside Federal Hall - beside Wall Street.
Washington´s birthday - Feb 11 - is today a public holiday and is celebrated as Presidents' Day, the third Monday in Feb.
1851 (18 sep)
Newspaper New York Times are founded by Henry Jarvis Raymond and George Jones.
Brooklyn Bridge is opening - worlds largest suspension bridge (486 meter).
The Statue of Liberty inaugurates. The Statue is a gift from the Frech people to the american
people as a symbol for both countries friendship during the american revolution. The Statue
is standing on Liberty Island in the harbour of New York.
1892 (Jan 1)
The emigrant office at Ellis Island is opening - emigrants from all countries in the world
flocked in to search the fortune in the promised land. Ellis Island 1892 - 1924. Ellis Island is taking care of
approx 14 millions immigrants between the year 1892 - 1924.
More information about Ellis Island
and the emigration from Sweden, you will find here »
The five districts in New Yorks are formed - Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island - so-called Greater New York. THe city now becomes the worlds largest city with approx 3 million