Lenni Lenape: The Original Native New Yorkers

The Algonquians who would settle the Hudson Valley and surrounding areas would eventually come to be known as the Lenni Lenape. “Lenni” meaning “genuine, pure, real, original,” and Lenape, meaning “ancient ones”. The earliest Lenape were also nomadic but would eventually have their own agricultural revolution, leading to the expansion of larger, more established communities, and setting up a solid foundation for their trade-based economy.


New York City's Prehistoric Roots

Learn all about NYC’s fascinating past by exploring the natural forces that shaped the environment and landscape, along with the people who would transform the “Island of Many Hills” into the greatest and most influential city in the world.


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