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Province of New York
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Province of New York

The Province of New York was an English colony that existed roughly within the current boundaries of the State of New York. The original boundaries also encompassed the current states of New Jersey and Vermont.

The province was granted to James, Duke of York, following the acquisition of the New Netherlands colony from the Dutch in the 1670s, and was thereafter the possession of the holder of the title of the Duke of York. In principle, the form of government was absolutism, with the Duke of York holding supreme control. In practice, many decisions were carried out by provincial governor, appointed by the Duke of York, as well as a provincial legislature, which was elected among landholders.

The Island of Manhatten was bought from the Native Americans for a total of twenty four dollars worth of goods.

List of Provincial Governors

See also


Colonial America - European colonization of the Americas - 13 Colonies
Connecticut Colony - Delaware Colony - Georgia Colony - Maryland Colony - Massachusetts Colony
New Hampshire Colony - New York Colony - New Jersey Colony - North Carolina Colony
Pennsylvania Colony - Rhode Island Colony - South Carolina Colony - Virginia Colony