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What was the old name of New York City?

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July 23, 2011 2:40AM

New York City was originally called New Amsterdam as the first

settlers were from Holland.

The Dutch claimed the area where New York City now stands and

established a colony, naming it New Amsterdam.

New Amsterdam became the largest Dutch colonial settlement in

North America. During the second Anglo-Dutch War between England

and the United Netherlands, the colony was surrendered to the

English on 24 September 1664, and renamed New York. When the Dutch

retook control briefly in 1673, they renamed it "New Orange", but

ceded it permanently to England after the signing of the Treaty of

Westminster in 1674.

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