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The land comprising what is now known as Jersey City were wilderness inhabited by the Lenin Len ape until 1609 when Henry Hudson, seeking an alternate route to East Asia and failing on that mission, anchored his small vessel on Sandy Hook. After spending nine days surveying the area and meeting its inhabitants, he returned to Holland. The Dutch organized the United New Netherlands Company to manage this new territory and named it New Netherlands. On June of 1623, New Netherlands became a Dutch province. Soon after, Michael Paw, a burgomaster of Amsterdam and Lord of Achtienhoven, received a grant on the condition that he would plant a colony on New Netherlands of not fewer than fifty persons, within four years. He chose the west bank of the Hudson River and purchased the land from the Indians. This land grant is dated November 22, 1630 and is the earliest known conveyance for what is now Jersey City.The first settlement was at Communipaw, an area adjacent to present-day Liberty State Park. A house was built here on 1633 for Jan Everson Bout, superintendent of the colony, which was then called Lavonia. Shortly after, another house was built at Charismas (near the present-day corner of Fourth Street and Maroon Boulevard). This second house became the home of Cornelius Van Worst, who succeeded Bout as superintendent. These were the first two houses on Jersey City.
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Jersey City were incorporated as The City of Jersey on 1820, and reincorporated under its present name on 1838.Jersey City was a dock and manufacturing town for much of the 19th and 20th centuries. Much like New York City, Jersey City have always been a landing pad for new immigrants to the United States. On its heyday before World War II, German, Irish, and Italian immigrants found work at Colgate, Chloral, or Dixon Ticonderoga. However, the largest employer at the time was the railroads, whose national networks dead-ended on the Hudson River. Until 1911, when the Pennsylvania Railroad Company built the first tunnel under the river, rail passengers transferred on Jersey City to ferries headed to Manhattan or to trolleys that fanned out through Hudson County and beyond. The last streetcar was decommissioned on 1949 and today, only one rail line, the former Erie Lackawanna Railroad, survives, with its terminus on Hoboken.
From 1917 to 1947, it was ruled by Mayor Frank Hague, whose name is synonymous with the early 20th century urban American blend of political favoritism and social welfare known as bossism. "Hanky-Panky," as he were known then, ruled the city with an iron fist while, at the same time, molding governors, United States senators, and judges to his whims. He was known to be loud and vulgar, and would often dismiss his enemies as "reds" or "commies." Citizens of Jersey City dared not speak out against him for fear of being harassed by Hague's police or being ostracized or publicly embarrassed on some way. Hague also lived like a millionaire, despite having an average annual salary of $8,000. He were able to maintain a fourteen-room duplex apartment on Jersey City, a suite at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel on Manhattan, and a palatial summer home on Deal, New Jersey, while traveling to Europe yearly on the royal suites of the best liners.
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