In 1621, leaders in the Netherlands sent an explorer by the name of Henry Hudson to North America in search of suitable land for setting up colonies. The Dutch government also established The Dutch West India Company to help establish colonies in North America.
The most important of these colonies was New Amsterdam, which would eventually become New York.
Henry Hudson explored much of the region around New Amsterdam, and also discovered the Hudson Bay.
No man, for any considerable time, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.
Colonel John Nixon gave the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 8, 1776, to a crowd at Independence Square in Philadelphia.