Dating staten island

In , in order to encourage an expansion of the Dutch settlements, the English resurveyed Oude Dorp which became known as "Old Town" and expanded the lots along the shore to the south. These lots were settled primarily by Dutch families and became known as Nieuwe Dorp meaning "New Village" , which later became anglicized as New Dorp.

Captain Christopher Billopp , after years of distinguished service in the Royal Navy, came to America in in charge of a company of infantry. The following year, he settled on Staten Island, where he was granted a patent for acres 3. Mayor Michael Bloomberg perpetuated the myth by referring to it at a news conference in Brooklyn on February 20, As part of this process, Staten Island, as well as several minor neighboring islands, was designated as Richmond County.

In and , the English divided the island into four administrative divisions based on natural features: These divisions later evolved into the four towns of Castleton , Northfield , Southfield , and Westfield. In , the population was By , the entire island had been divided up in this fashion, creating small farms and two large manorial estates, the Dongan estate and a 1, acres 6.

The island played a significant role in the American Revolutionary War. Howe used the strategic location of Staten Island as a staging ground for the invasion. Over British ships arrived over the summer of and anchored off the shores of Staten Island at the entrance to New York Harbor. The British soldiers and Hessian mercenaries numbered about 30, There the representatives of the British government reportedly received their first notification of the Declaration of Independence. In August , the British forces crossed the Narrows to Brooklyn and outflanked the American forces at the Battle of Long Island , resulting in the British control of the harbor and the capture of New York City shortly afterwards.

Three weeks later, on September 11, , Lord Howe received a delegation of Americans consisting of Benjamin Franklin , Edward Rutledge , and John Adams at the Conference House on the southwestern tip of the island on the former estate of Christopher Billopp.

However, the Americans refused a peace offer from Howe in exchange for withdrawing the Declaration of Independence, and the conference ended without an agreement. The battle was inconclusive, though both sides surrendered over a hundred troops as prisoners. The Americans finally withdrew. British forces remained on Staten Island for the remainder of the war.

Most Patriots fled after the British occupation, and the sentiment of those who remained was predominantly Loyalist. Even so, the islanders found the demands of supporting the troops to be heavy.

The British army kept headquarters in neighborhoods such as Bulls Head. The British army again used the island as a staging ground for its final evacuation of New York City on December 5, After their departure, many Loyalist landowners fled to Canada, and their estates were subdivided and sold. Historic Richmond Town museum complex is located in the heart of Staten Island.

Rooms at the hotel were reserved months in advance as local abolitionists and prominent free blacks prepared for the festivities. Speeches, pageants, picnics, and fireworks marked the celebration, which lasted for two days.

In , parts of Castleton and Southfield were made into a new town, Middletown. The Village of New Brighton in the town of Castleton was incorporated in , and in the Village of New Brighton annexed all the remainder of the Town of Castleton and became coterminous with the town.

Photo by Arthur Tress. US Navy ships tied up at the home port pier during Fleet Week in The towns of Staten Island were dissolved in with the consolidation of the City of Greater New York , as Richmond County became one of the five boroughs of the expanded city.

Although consolidated into the City of Greater New York in , the county sheriff of Staten Island maintained control of the jail system, unlike the other boroughs who had gradually transferred control of the jails to the Department of Correction.

The jail system was not transferred until January 1, The construction of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge , along with the other three major Staten Island bridges, created a new way for commuters and tourists to travel from New Jersey to Brooklyn, Manhattan, and areas farther east on Long Island.

The bridge opened many areas of the borough to residential and commercial development, especially in the central and southern parts of the borough, which had been largely undeveloped. Throughout the s, a movement to secede from the city notably championed by longtime New York State Senator and former Republican Party mayoral nominee John J.

Marchi steadily grew in popularity, reaching its peak during the mayoral term of David Dinkins. It had two sections: The base was closed in through the Base Realignment and Closure process because of its small size and the expense of basing personnel there.

Fresh Kills and its tributaries are part of the largest tidal wetland ecosystem in the region. Opened along Fresh Kills as a "temporary landfill" in , the Fresh Kills Landfill was a repository of trash for the city of New York. It is being converted into a park. Plans for the park include a bird-nesting island, public roads, boardwalks, soccer and baseball fields, bridle paths, and a 5,seat stadium. Verrazano-Narrows Bridge connecting the eastern portion of the island to Brooklyn Timeline[ edit ] This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness.

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