Who founded colonial New York?
Peter Minuit founded New York in1626. At this time the colony was called New Netherland. In 1674, King Charles II took over and named it New York, after his brother, the Duke of York.
Founded in 1626 by the Duke of York, the New York Colony's natural resources included cattle, grain, rice, indigo, and wheat, not a surprise since the province was known for its rich, healthy soil. Timber, fur (particularly from beaver), and iron ore were also popular resources in New York during the colonial period.
The dutch founded New Amsterdam, which was the original name of New York, as a way to entice more settlers to establish a strong base of operations at the mouth of the Hudson river, to protect the trade going on between dutch merchants in New York and the Native American tribes living further north along the Hudson, primarily trading in furs and pelts. New Amsterdam served as the seat of colonial government in the dutch…