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11 Fascinating Things I Never Knew About The History Of Manhattan

•, Rob Wile
There was more to the story of America's entrepreneurial roots.

A couple of hundred miles south of New England, the Dutch West India Company — the sister firm of the world's first publicly traded private firm, the Dutch East India Company — had founded the colony of New Netherland.

The best, most recent history of the period, "The Island at the Center of the World" by Russell Shorto, was published in 2004. Here are 11 amazing things I learned.

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