New York Historical Geography

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New York Historical Geography

Information about the historical geography of a place is useful for genealogists, to aid in understanding how our ancestors understood their communities and regions and to help in identifying relevant research resources.

The place that is now the U.S. state of New York was the home of several Native American peoples before (and after) the arrival of Europeans in the early 1600s. The first European settlement was the Dutch colony of New Netherland. The earliest settlement was on lands at the mouth of the Noort Rivier (North River; later named the Hudson River), in what is now New York City and adjacent northern New Jersey.

Map (c1639) of Manhattan Island, Staten Island, the western end of Long Island, and adjacent lands adjacent to the Noort Rivier

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