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The History of New York

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Henry Hudson bartering with Native Americans along the Hudson River
The most populous city in the US is also its oldest, and it is rich in history. New York has witnessed cataclysmic changes during its transformation from an ecologically rich marshland to the first capital of the US. For the past 200 years, the city has been a bastion of hope for the millions of immigrants who have arrived on its shores, and it continues to inspire each new generation with its iconic skyline and the limitless energy of its inhabitants.

Early inhabitants and new settlers

The area was once home to a semi-nomadic ...

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