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How Much Do You Know About the History of New York City?
by Maria Trimarchi

Popularly referred to as “The city that never sleeps,” New York City has long been one of the largest and busiest cities in the United States. Located in the state of New York, New York City consists of five boroughs: Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island.

First inhabited by the native Algonquin people, New York City was discovered in the 16th century by European travelers. The Dutch were the first to settle on Governors Island and named the new-found land “New Amsterdam.” The city fell under British power when they seized and renamed the area “New York City” in 1664.

Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, the city faced many challenges. The most significant problem was the Revolutionary War that was won by the British. New York City was again under British control and was made a military base until 1783. 

After the war, the city grew steadily. It was one of the country’s major ports, and with development in infrastructure, New York City became the main trading point. A large number of immigrants began flowing in from Ireland, Germany, Southern Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America resulting in the diverse cultural pool present in New York City today.

We've given you quite a lot of clues to the answers of to the questions we'll be asking, so there's no reason why you shouldn't ace this quiz, especially if you're a native New Yorker. Let's see how well you do!

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