Governors Island – July 14th

Tomorrow you will be going to Governors Island!

Governors Island is a 172 acres island in Upper New York Bay, approximately one-half mile from the southern tip of Manhattan Island and separated from Brooklyn by Buttermilk Channel. It is legally part of the borough of Manhattan in New York City. wiki

History of Governor’s Island

What’s in a name? – How Governors Island got its name.

The island was originally used by the Lenape Native Americans. They may have used the island on a seasonal basis for fishing and the gathering of nuts from the plentiful nut trees.

When the Dutch arrived in the 1620’s they spent their first winter on the island calling it “Nooten Eylandt” or nut island.

When the British took New Amsterdam from the Dutch they called the island “Nutten Island” (a mispronunciation of “Nooten”) or Nut Island. The British colonial assembly in New York later decreed that the island was to be given to “His Majestie’s Royal Governors” for their private use. The Governors used the island for various purposes, but not as a permanent residence. The island became known as “The Governor’s Island” eventually losing “The” and the apostrophe, leaving the current name as it stands today, Governors Island.

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