New York History (city)

From its beginnings as New Amsterdam, the city of New York has always been a commercial center of American life. It's now the largest city in the U.S.

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Few of the nation's founders have been marginalized more than Aaron Burr. Was there something more to the man who shot and killed Alexander Hamilton?

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  • c.10000 B.C. - First people arrive on what is now the East Coast of the United States.
  • 1450-1600 - The Iroquois League is formed, uniting 5 tribes near Lake Erie and Lake Huron. The League becomes a powerful, expansionist force in the region.
  • 1626 - Manhattan Island purchased from Lenape tribe. New Amsterdam (now New York) had been founded a year earlier.
  • 1735 - The trial of John Peter Zenger in New York establishes important precedents for free speech and press.
  • 1777 - The Battles of Saratoga end with a decisive American victory, marking a key turning point in the Revolutionary War.
  • 1807 - The first steamboat line is opened between New York City and Albany.
  • 1825 - The Erie Canal opens and revolutionizes the New York and Midwest economies. New York City secures its role as America's commercial capital.
  • 1839 - The Anti-Rent War breaks out as tenants along the Hudson rebel against the vestiges of the Dutch patroon system.
  • 1863 - The New York Draft Riots are the largest civil disturbance in United States history.
  • c.1880 - Another great wave of immigration from Europe begins. Irish, Italians, Polish, Czechs, Slavs, and European Jews all diversify the nation's heritage.
  • 1929 - A steep crash in the stock market precipitates the Great Depression.
  • 1947 - Construction of Levittown begins on Long Island. It is the first mass-produced suburb and becomes an archetype for postwar development.
  • 1950s - The population of Buffalo begins a rapid decline, anticipating that of other industrial cities in the North.
  • 1969 - Stonewall Riots in New York become rallying point for gay community. The first Pride Parade is held on June 28th, 1970 to commemorate the one-year anniversary.
  • 2001 - Terrorist attacks topple the World Trade Center on September 11.