One of the first accounts of New York’s history was the exploration of Giovanni da Verrazzano in the area around 1524 aboard La Dauphine, a French ship. He was also said to be the one who gave the city its name. He called it Nouvelle-Angoulême (New Angouleme) in honor of Francis I, King of France and Count of Angoulême
In 1609, European settlement in the city began. This was also the time when Henry Hudson, an Englishman, paid a visit to the city after he sailed in the area under the Dutch East India Company. Impressed by the population of beavers in the city, Hudson reported this to the Dutch which paved the way for the country’s founding of trading colonies in the New World, including New Amsterdam, which later became New York.
During the American Revolution War, many areas in the city became the location of many battles, including the Battle of Brooklyn which was the war’s largest battle. When the British won the war, they occupied the city for nearly seven years. In 1789, George Washington was put to office as US’ first president. His inauguration led to New York being acknowledged as the country’s capital.
This capital city status though lasted only until 1797. But during its short span of being US’s capital, New York has expanded itself so much, especially further during the early phase of the 1800s, when the Erie Canal opened and linked the city to with the Great Lakes.
In 1898, the city was made a metropolis composing of five boroughs and was then called Greater New York. During the late 19th and 20th centuries, immigrants from many parts of the world, particularly in Europe, began to come to the city. The city’s population grew bigger when African Americans coming from the South, Latin Americans, and Puerto Ricans also migrated to the Big Apple after the Second World War to search for jobs. These migrations have greatly contributed to the further development and growth of city, helping it what it has become now – strong and booming.