Today in History–May 4–the Library of Congress features Manhattan Island. On this date in 1626, Dutch colonist Peter Minuit arrived on the wooded island at the behest of the Dutch West India Company. Minuit later “purchased” the island from resident Algonquin Indians for the equivalent of $24. The town of New Amsterdam, located at the southern end of the island, was renamed New York City after it was seized by the British in 1664. Find out more about Manhattan Island by visiting the Today in History section, then check out the related resources listed below.
The Sale of Manhattan The Dutch in America, 1609-1664
Defending Manhattan Island, September 1776 analyzing primary source texts
Manhattan Beach March sheet music