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Excerpt from What to See in New YorkManhattan Island was purchased from the Indians by the Dutch in 1609. Merchandise to the value of twenty-six dollars was said to be the consideration in this first recorded transfer of New York real estate. On theMoreExcerpt from What to See in New YorkManhattan Island was purchased from the Indians by the Dutch in 1609. Merchandise to the value of twenty-six dollars was said to be the consideration in this first recorded transfer of New York real estate. On the southernmost tip of the island a few years later was founded New Amsterdam, shut off from the wilderness by a wall extending along its northern boundary on the line of the present-day Wall Street. New Amsterdam flourished under a line of old Dutch governors, the most famous of whom was old Peter Stuyvesant, until 1664, when the town was seized by the English. Its name was changed to New York, in honor of the Duke of York, to whom title to the land had been granted by his brother, King Charles II of England. Except for one year, when the Dutch regained possession of Manhattan Island, the English held sway over New York until the close of the Revolutionary War. New York was a storm center about which there were many campaigns during the Revolution.In the old days, New York City was composed of Manhattan Island together with two or three small islands in the adjacent waters. In 1898, Greater New York was incorporated. This greater city is composed of five boroughs Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Richmond. By glancing at the map in the back of this booklet one may get a clear idea of the comparative size and arrangement of the several boroughs.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.