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  Lenape people lived on the eastern and western banks of the Hudson River.
1497 John Cabot explored the coast of North America for England.
1524 Giovanni da Verrazano sailed for France and entered New York Bay.
1609 Henry Hudson on the Half Moon sailed for The Netherlands looking for a northwest route to the Indies; he sailed from Newfoundland to the Chesapeake Bay and returned northward to enter New York Bay.
1610 Dutch West India Company received charter from The Netherlands.


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