New Amsterdam

Did you know that New York City was initially called New Amsterdam and owned by Dutch? Moreover, it was given to British in exchange for few islands that were valuable only because of nutmeg trees that grew there.

New Amsterdam

I actually learned this fact from one of GMAT texts. Yes, very occasionally they were interesting.


  1. They Might Be Giants talk about that in their song Istanbul: “Even old New York was once New Amsterdam, Why the changed it I can say, people just liked it better that way!” 

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