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1. What major corporation colonized New York in 1624 and named it New Amsterdam?
2. Besides the natives, the Dutch were the first settlers of NY. (Actually most of them weren't Dutch, but French-speaking Huguenots from what is now Belgium). What was the next group to show up - in 1626?
3. The settlers named the island after an old Indian word "Manahatta." Which was to mean "island of hills" or ...?
4. In 1647, he was sent in as new Director-General to lick the island into shape?
5. What year was the Roshashana service held in New York, making it the first in North America?
6. When the English took over New Amsterdam, how many colonists took them up on the offer for a free passage home?
7. During the revolutionary war, the Battle for New York was fought mostly in Brooklyn. The Americans were losing badly, and George Washington was forced to sneak across the East River at night in complete silence to stay alive. How many soldiers did he have with him during this dangerous journey?
8. What was the tallest structure in New York in 1776?
9. What tough New Yorker created the stock exchange and allowed Thomas Jefferson to move the country's political capital from New York to Virginia (knowing fully New York would become the world capital of commerce, economics, culture and intellect)?
10. What revolution in trading by the New York shipping company "The Black Ball Line" attracted business from all over the world to Manhattan?
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