New York early history
The New York area was inhabited by a number of
Native Indian Tribes, with the Lenape in the area of where
New York City is today.
The arrival of Europeans in the area lead to mass
deaths of the Native Indians through disease such as
Smallpox and Cholera. Also through a number of
Battles with Europeans.
1625, the Dutch began to settle in the area of
present day New York City, naming it New Amsterdam,
using African Slaves to help build up the area.
1664 - 1674, Dutch and British wars over this area
ended with the British in control, leading to it
being re-named New York, after the Duke of York in
England, later King James.
The British also brought in African Slaves, with
up to 40% of households in New York having a
1682, the British signed a Peace Treaty with the
1763, Wars with France came to and end, with
Britain gaining control of the East Coast of
The British tried to prevent Settlers moving West
into more Native Indian Territories.
The British then began raising Taxes in America to
cover the cost of the War with France, leading to
1773, a group in New York under the name Sons of
Liberty, began a series of Uprisings against the
1775–1783, the American Revolutionary
War took place as Americans wanted to end British
Rule and Taxes. This War ended with American
Independence from Britain.
Independence allowed Frontiersmen to travel West
in search of Furs and Hides, also mapping Trails to
the best Land for Settlers and looking for Gold and
1818, the first Steamships are operated between
Europe and America, leading to mass Migration.
1820s, Settlers began moving West in Wagon Trains
into the Wild West, leading to Wars with the Indians
1800s mid, Liners from many European countries
were transporting vast numbers of Migrants to New
1880, the first of the Skyscraper Buildings were
built in New York.
1886, the Statue of Liberty was
erected at the entrance to New York to welcome
Over 12 million Migrants entered the US through
New York up to the 1950s, by far the largest of all
the Ports. Liners in the 1900s
were built up to 1,000 feet long, carrying over 2,000
Today, New York is made up of descendants from
early European Migrants, 25% African, Russian Jews
from the 1970s, Chinese, and lately, Mexicans and
South Americans, many un-documented.