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New York
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From the Dutch Colony to the City of Millions

1. a) Founded as a Dutch colony in 1626, New York was a multi-religious city from the very start. New Amsterdam—as it was called until the English colonists conquered it and renamed it as New York in 1664—had to be grateful for every inhabitant, regardless of origin. The religious history of New York has always been characterized by immigration, and remains so today. First, the great Protestant Denominations established themselves (Refo…

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Anselm, Sigrun, “New York”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 22 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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