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The Stamp Act Congress met in New York in October 1765 as the Sons of Liberty organized in the city, skirmishing over the next ten years with British troops stationed there.
The Battle of Long Island, the largest battle of the American Revolutionary War, was fought in August 1776 within the modern-day borough of Brooklyn.
In 1664, the city was named after then Duke of York, and future King of England James II.
Slavery became integrally tied to New York's economy through the labor of slaves throughout the port, and the banks and shipping tied to the American South.The first documented visit into New York Harbor by a European was in 1524 by Giovanni da Verrazzano, a Florentine explorer in the service of the French crown.He claimed the area for France and named it Nouvelle Angoulême (New Angoulême).On August 24, 1673, during the Third Anglo-Dutch War, Dutch captain Anthony Colve seized the colony of New York from England at the behest of Cornelis Evertsen the Youngest and rechristened it "New Orange" after William III, the Prince of Orange.The Dutch would soon return the island to England under the Treaty of Westminster of November 1674.