The History and Culture of New York, NY
Before your move to New York, it may be a good idea to learn a bit about its history. The first New Yorkers were the Algonquin and Lenape people. They farmed, fished, and hunted in the area located between the Hudson and Delaware rivers. Europeans started to explore the region at the beginning of the 16th century. But no one settled in the area until around 1624.
In 1626, the governor of the city purchased the Manhattan Island from the natives. It was originally referred to as New Amsterdam. In 1760 the city’s name changed to New York and it had a population of 18,000. It then surpassed that of Boston to become the 2nd largest city in the American colonies. Five decades later, with a population of more than 200,000, it became the biggest town in the entire Western Hemisphere. Today, over eight million people live in the five boroughs of the city.
New York is extremely diverse with more than a third of its population having been born outside of the U.S. Thanks to this diversity and the vibrant intellectual tech present, New York is still considered the cultural capital of America.