Four hundred years ago, the Algonquin Indians owned the island of Manhattan. In 1626, a Dutchman called Peter Minuit gave the Indians 24 dollars to buy the island. In about 1650, five hundred people lived there and it was called New Amsterdam.
In 1664 the British took the town from the Dutch and changed its name to New York. At the end of the eighteenth century, many immigrants started to come to America.. They first came from Germany and Ireland, later from Italy, Poland, Russia, Africa and China.
In Manhattan you can travel on subway trains…..
…on buses or in a taxi. Here taxis are called “cabs”.
You can take the Water Taxi around the island of Manhattan… …or take the free ferry from Battery Park to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.