The history of New York ... in outline


New York

Not easy to summarize the history of New York in a few lines ... however, it is always interesting to be aware of the major events that have marked the history of the city that 'we are visiting. To us then we dive deeper into the periods that excite us.

sixteenth and seventeenth:
  • New York Bay is discovered by the Italian Giovanni Verrazzano browser in 1524, it has hosted many Lenape Indians.
  • The region later became Dutch possession under the auspices of the East India Company and 30 Protestant families settled there in 1624, they founded New Amsterdam.
  • In 1664, the English took possession of the premises they renamed New York (New York).

    XVIII and XIX:
    • The city is developing very rapidly in XVIII century. New York is the birthplace of the Sons of Liberty who question the British presence and plays a leading role in the war of independence, it remains in the hands of the English until the end of the war in 1783.
    • In 1820, New York became the most populous city in the United States. Throughout the XIX century, New York is expanding, modernizing and industrializing. It also becomes the gateway for migrants in the US.
    • Many disorders and riots between communities, especially during the Civil War, the New York City Draft Riots caused over a hundred deaths.

      XX and XXI:
      • The city continues its rapid development in the early XXth century by becoming a metropolis with global influence. The influx of European immigrants in fact an international capital and also a world cultural capital.
      • In 1919, massive strikes affecting the city and New York is marked by prohibition but the 20s remain the boom years.
      • The crisis of 1929 and the Great Depression severely affecting the city during the 30s.
      • After World War II, New York enters a phase of economic and demographic decline but its international influence remains dominant: New York hosts the UN headquarters and is a capital of the arts in the 60, 70 and 80.
      • In the 70s and 80s, New York suffers a very high crime rate and social disorders. In the late 80s, New York regain its position as world leader in the financial and economic area, and enjoys a better reputation in the social field.
      • New York will be severely marked by the attacks of 11 September 2001 and the financial crisis of the late 2000s