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On September 19, 1609, the East India Company ship Halve Maen, commanded
by Henry Hudson, an Englishman working for Dutch businessmen who were
seeking a passage to the Orient, reached the present-day Albany New York area.
was not until 1624 that the first colonists arrived in New Netherland (now New York)
to settle at Fort Orange (present day Albany), the mouth of the
Connecticut River, and High Island (Burlington Island) in the Delaware
English colonists were in Virginia and Plymouth, and England was
claiming the northeastern Atlantic Coast. They both laid claim to Long
Island, where the Dutch took hold of the western end and, later, the
English settled on the eastern end.
(Source: http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/nn/overview.shtml )