In 1609, an English sailor named Henri Hudson discovered a great
bay with a big river flowing into it from the mountains, at a
latitude of forty-one degrees north and a longitude of
seventy-four degrees west.
Hudson had been entrusted by the Flemings Emmanuel Van Meteren,
Judocus Hondius and Petrus Plancius to discover a new passage to
the land of Tartars and to China, on behalf of the East-Indies
While he was exploring the coasts of America on his ship, luck
would have him discover, 85 years after Verrazzano, the
territory of the future New York, together with the river who
was going to be called after him.
sure that the Dutch, including Peter Minuit (who bought the
Manhattan Islands from the Indians) started it all. He called it
New Netherlands at first, expanding it by conquering New Sweden,
which, was set up about 15 years earlier along the Delaware
River. The next thing I remember was when King Charles II of
England (don't know where that came from?!) gave New Netherland
to his brother, the Duke of York; renaming the colony, New York.
In 1626, Pierre Minuit, governor of New-Belgium, became famous
by the purchase of Manhattan Island. He bought it from the
Manhattes Indians in exchange for glittering beads and other
trinkets. The total value was about sixty guilders or $ 24.
Pierre Minuit was a Walloon, born in Wesel (Rheinland). His
parents, from Tournai (Hainault), had settled there in 1581 in
order to flee the religious persecutions . Himself will become
deacon of the Walloon Church.
Willing to defend the colonists interests, he also distinguished
himself by the respect shown to those of the Indians. In his
opinion, the harmonious mix and integration of two cultures -
even apparently opposed - was preferable to the pure and simple
throwing out of the weakest or so-called less civilized one.
The New York Times was founded on September
18, 1851 by journalist and politician Henry Jarvis Raymond and
former banker George Jones as the New-York Daily Times. The
paper switched its name to The New York Times in 1857. The
newspaper was originally published every day but Sunday, but
during the Civil War the Times (along with other major dailies)
started publishing Sunday issues.
The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York
City and distributed internationally. It is owned by The New
York Times Company, which publishes 15 other newspapers,
including the International Herald Tribune and The Boston Globe.
It is the largest metropolitan newspaper in the United States.
Nicknamed the "Gray Lady" for its staid appearance and style, it
is often regarded as a national newspaper of record, meaning
that it is frequently relied upon as the official and
authoritative reference for modern events. Founded in 1851,
the newspaper has won 95 Pulitzer Prizes, far more than any
other newspaper. The newspaper's name is often abbreviated to
The Times, but should not be confused with The Times, which is
published in London, or the many other publications that also
use the shorter designation, including the Los Angeles Times.
Its famous motto, always printed in the upper left-hand corner
of the front page, is "All the News That's Fit to Print."
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Don't know what to think....