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Brooklyn was a Dutch village called Breukelen, located on the banks of the East River on Long Island.
The west coast of Long Island was inhabited by the Canarsie Indians, who gave their land to the Dutch West India Company.
In 1664, the British took over New Netherland, and all the settlements of Brooklyn became part of the New York colony. They began to expand, and in 1854 Brooklyn received city status. Despite the fact that Brooklyn is now part of New York, it still retains its unique character, which is not the case, for example, in the Bronx.
Before merging into “Greater New York” in 1898, Brooklyn was the third most populous city in the United States (after New York and Chicago). It is interesting to note that the Brooklyn Museum began with ambitious plans on par with the Louvre. In parallel with Manhattan’s Central Park, the Brooklynites invited the same architects to create Prospect Park.
In a referendum to join New York a few years ago, only about 51% of Brooklyn voters voted yes.