Four hundred years ago, the Algonquin Indians owned the island of Manhattan. In 1626, a Dutchman called Peter Minuit gave the Indians 24 dollars to buy the island. In about 1650, five hundred people lived there and it was called New Amsterdam.
In 1664 the British took the town from the Dutch and changed its name to New York. At the end of the eighteenth century, many immigrants started to come to America.. They first came from Germany and Ireland, later from Italy, Poland, Russia, Africa and China.
In Manhattan you can travel on subway trains…..
Ellis Island wasanimmigration station in the past; itwas the first stop fornearly 17 millionimmigrants
Many famous people came through Ellis Island, for example Charlie Chaplin and Walt Disney to name but a few.
Until 1820, the population of new York came from Britain and the Netherlands Between 1820 and 1860 the city attracted Irish and German immigrants Between 1890 and 1919, 3.7 million Italians came to the USA Jews from Russia and eastern Europe followed.
At the beginning of the 20th century millions of black people came to New York from the southern states to look for work. Today immigrants come mainly from Asia and Spanish-speaking countries, for example Cuba and Puerto Rico.