Giovanni da Verrazano, an Italian explorer
sailing under the Sponsorship of King Francois I of France, anchors his
ship Dauphin in New York Bay. He had hoped to discover a new route to
1609: September 3
Henry Hudson, an English explorer
sailing under the sponsorship of Holland, enters New York Bay in the
ship Halve Maen (Half Moon). He names the island Staaten Eyelandt in
honor of the Dutch Parliament - the States General or Staaten.