The History and Growth of New York City

TLDR New York City's history dates back to its indigenous people, the Lenape, and its appeal to Europeans was due to its strategic location and large harbor. Over the centuries, the city grew rapidly in population and became a global powerhouse, with various superlatives and the distinction of being the largest city in world history.

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00:00 New York City became important due to its history, geography, and indigenous people, the Lenape, who lived in the area before the Europeans arrived.
01:39 New York City's appeal to Europeans was due to its large deep harbor, connection to the Hudson River, and its strategic location as a gateway to the interior of the New York colony.
03:04 The Dutch purchased the island of Manhattan from the Lenape Indians for goods worth 60 Dutch guilders, and there is no evidence to suggest that it was an unfair trade.
04:32 New York City was taken over by the British in 1664 and renamed, and it became a major center of British colonial America before becoming the first capital of the United States.
05:59 New York City rapidly grew in population during the 19th century, becoming the first American city to reach 100,000 people by 1820 and half a million by 1850, with Brooklyn becoming the third largest city in the country.
07:28 In 1898, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, and Queens County merged to form the greater New York City, which became the largest city in world history by 1925 with a population of 7.7 million people and the first city to have a population of 10 million people in 1936.
08:57 New York City established itself as a global powerhouse after World War II, with the United Nations headquarters, the world's reserve currency, the most diverse population, and various other superlatives.
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