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History of New York City New York City is our countrys most significant and largest city It got that way over hundreds of years of history From the early immigrants to the modern day buildings New York City consists of many different cultures It seems as if New York City is the backbone of our country People from all over the world come to visit this place to see all of the different cultures and of coarse all of the significant buildings Even though New York City is a very busy place it has many historical features In 1524 the New York City area was home of the Algonkian Indians They were divided into hundreds of autonomous bands living along the East Coast from North Carolina all the way up to Canada In that same year Giovanni da Verrazano an Italian in the employ of France became the first known white man to sail into the bay that became later became New York Harbor Encyclopedia Americana pgs 236 237 New York City is located at the mouth of the Hudson River in Southeastern New York State Britannica pg 914 The present area of Brooklyn was home of the Canargees Indians The Canargees numbered in the thousands They were also settled on what is now Staten Island and Governors Island The Statue of Liberty was dedicated to the US from France back in 1886 The most important US point of entry for immigrants would have to be Ellis Island Encyclopedia Americana pg 236 Between the years of 1880 and 1919 more than 23 million Europeans immigrated to the US and around 17 million of them all went to the New York City area After the Civil War New York City was able to increase its land area from 22 to 301 square miles The years between the end of the Civil War and the end of World War 2 represented a so
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