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Thirty families from the Netherlands landed on Governors Island in 1624 and established the first European settlement in New York Bay. Upon seizing the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam in 1664, the English renamed it in honor of the future King James II, then the Duke of York. Though overshadowed in colonial times by Boston and Philadelphia, New York’s central location and excellent harbor made it the biggest American commercial port soon after independence. It was briefly the nation’s first capital and has been the most populous city in every U.S. census.

The historic core of Manhattan was augmented in 1898 by the boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island. From around 1925-1955, New York was the largest urban area on Earth. Its distinct skyline includes famous skyscrapers like the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building as well as the Statue of Liberty, whose beacon welcomed millions of immigrants arriving at Ellis Island. In addition to hosting the headquarters of the United Nations, the multicultural ‘Big Apple’ is a global leader in finance, advertising, fashion, and the arts.

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