On This Day - June 12
Old New York was once New Amsterdam.
Why’d they change it? I can’t say.
Guess they liked it better that way?
On June 12th, 1665 England installed the first mayor of the newly renamed city of New York, a man named Thomas Willett.
(fun fact: Less than 10 years later, the Dutch briefly recaptured New York and renamed it “New Orange”… man, I wish that had stuck!)