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History of Jamaica, Queens
History of Jamaica, Queens
EXIT Kingdom Realty July 19, 2016
Why "Jamaica?" In 1656, Peter Stuyvesant, the Dutch Governor, granted a group of English settlers a grant to settle in the land that we now call "Jamaica." At first, Stuyvesant dubbed the town "Rustdorp," which is Dutch for "rest town." However, the English gained control of the settlement in 1664, and began referring to the land as "Jameco," after the Canarsie tribe's word for "beaver." Over time, "Jameco" became "Jamaica." While the country "Jamaica" shares the same name, their origins are different, as the country gets its name from the Taino word "Xaymaca," meaning "land of wood and water." Peter Stuyvesant       Dutch Church in the 1700s Colonial Settlement In its early days, Jamaica was settled by a group of English families.
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Flushing's Rich History
Flushing's Rich History
EXIT Kingdom Realty July 13, 2016
"Vlissingen" The area of Northern Queens that we now refer to as "Flushing" was originally called Vlissingen by the Dutch, who colonized the region in 1645.
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History of Woodside
History of Woodside
EXIT Kingdom Realty July 11, 2016
Colonial Period As with most regions of New York State, Woodside once belonged to the Native Americans.
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