In the precolonial era, the area of present day New York City was inhabited by various tribes of Native Americans. The first documented visit by an European was in 1524. Giovanni da Verrazzano was a Florentine explorer in the service of the French crown. He sailed his ship into New York Harbor and claimed the area for France.
A Dominican trader Juan Rodriguez was the first non-Native American inhabitant of what would eventually become New York City. He arrived in Manhattan during the winter of 1613–1614, trapping for pelts and trading with the local population as a representative of the Dutch and in about 10 years' time they called the place New Amsterdam. It soon became a Dutch trading settlement. In 1626 the Dutch bought the island of Manhattan for 60 guilders (about $1000) from the Native Americans. And that's not the end of the story! In 1664, the colony of New Netherland surrendered New Amsterdam to the English without bloodshed. The English promptly renamed the city 'New York' after the Duke of York.
Since then, New York has witnessed many changes. Among others, it was the 1st capital of the USA and became one of the most populated and visited cities in the world.
Around 49 million tourists visit New York each year what makes tourism its vital industry. The most popular sights are: Broadway theatre, The Bronx Zoo, Ellis Island Immigration Museum, The Empire State Building, The Statue of Liberty and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center, American Museum of Natural History, Zero Ground Museum, United Nations Headquarters, Yankee stadium, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Chinatown and many more.
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