In 1664, New York was named after the British Duke of York and Albany, brother of King Charles II and King James II. Originally, New York State was a Dutch colony named New Netherland, and New York City was New Amsterdam.Know More
Europeans first explored New York when Henry Hudson navigated the Hudson River in 1609. By 1624, there were permanent Dutch settlers in the area, primarily fur traders looking to cash in on a lucrative business. Soon, the Dutch set up the patroonship system whereby wealthy men could establish colonies if they brought in their own settlers. Farms and towns sprang up.
However, the fur trade was a highly competitive industry. Swedes, Finns and British swarmed into the Hudson Bay region, setting up forts and colonies and trading in furs themselves. Soon, the British told the Dutch that they had prior claim to the area through their own explorer John Cabot in 1498. Fearing a British attack, the Dutch allied themselves with the French in 1662. Because the French were at war with Britain, Charles II seized this opportunity to formally claim New Netherland, annexing it and granting it to his brother James, Duke of York. The Duke sent a fleet to enforce his ownership, and the poorly manned and maintained Dutch Fort Orange and Fort Amsterdam surrendered.Learn More
New York's natural resources include minerals and elements such as lead, talc and zinc as well as petroleum, salt, fertile soils and rich clay deposits. New York has a diverse topography and numerous climate regions, which explains its large variety of natural resources.Full Answer >
New York cuisine is characterized by a wide variety of ethnic cuisines brought to the United States by different ethnic groups entering the country through New York. Popular foods that have originated in New York City include hot dogs, doughnuts, eggs Benedict, Italian ice and New York-style pizza.Full Answer >
New York's physical features include mountains, lakes, rivers and coastal lowlands. The wide variation of features provides a wide range of habitats for native plants and animals.Full Answer >
Some of the major products produced in New York are milk, apples, maple syrup, meat, cherries, strawberries, grapes, wine, sweet corn and cabbage. New York also produces several field crops such as grain corn and soybeans to support its dairy farms. Approximately 23 percent of the state's land is used as farmland.Full Answer >