It was named New Amsterdam because it was an early Dutch colony for which they paid the equivelant of $26.00 in beads and trinkets to the Native inhabitants of Manhatten Island. That's from memory, so if there's a fact missing, I apologize.
When the British took control in 1664, New Amsterdam was renamed New York after the Duke of York, who received the land as a gift from the King of England.AnswerYork is in England. Amsterdam is in the Netherlands. The Dutch colony in America was called New Amsterdam until it was captured by the Duke of York, and then it became a British colony named after him. New York was the city, and it was also the name of the entire British colony which is a U.S. state today.New York/Manhattan was originally named New Amsterdam. The name New Netherlands was sometimes used.
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