Street Named in Honor of Juan Rodriguez, first NY non-Native American Settler

New York City has dedicated an upper Manhattan street in honor of Juan Rodriguez, who is thought to have been New York’s first non-native American settler, arriving on a Dutch ship in 1613 from what is now Santo Domingo and remaining as a permanent resident. While Dutch traders were active in the area since 1609, they did not establish a permanent presence until 1624 when the ships Eendracht and Nieuw Nederland arrived, carrying men, women, and children who intended to stay in the colony.

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