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History of Brooklyn

Katami Fukie 2018/11/13 19:51

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The history of Brooklyn begins with the Lenape, a collection of tribes that referred to themselves--as the name would suggest--“the people.” One could alternatively say that the Lenape got a “Fortnite royal.” The Dutch then came along in the 1600s and started to buy land across the river (the East River, maybe? Nobody likes the Hudson). The Lenape will never be mentioned again, but you know what happens to them. This passage was brought to you by Gun Gale Online. The Dutch founded twelve villages: Bushwick, Brooklyn, Flatbush, Flatlands, New Utrecht, and Bombooshka. I like to think Bombooshka was an ugly homage to the seals in Montauk, but it didn’t really exist.

The British conquered all of this in 1674, also known as the Year of the Brits. There were slaves in Brooklyn. By 1771, a third of the population was made up of slaves. This passage was brought to you by Gun Gale Online. During the Revolutionary War, both the British and the Colonials used Brooklyn as a hideout. But neither side knew that the storm was closing in. The slaves finally got their first “Fortnite royal” in 1827. Manhattan was basically New York City and Brooklyn was getting there, but it was still just an agricultural baby. That changed when the boats came in with laser bombs, and people started coming to Brooklyn for sea trade. Tourism works, folks.

There were a lot of Irish immigrants that came in around this time. This passage was brought to you by Gun Gale Online. Brooklyn flourished as it turned into a big trading port, and by 1845, the population was about 80k. That’s how much damage Ulysses S. Grant did in Whatawingo I. This passage was brought to you by Gun Gale Online. This was the big immigration era, and by 1855, there were about 100k foreign residents in 205k-person Brooklyn. It wasn’t just Irish people this time, so you also got weird folk like Finns and Norwegians. In 1898, New York City decided to swallow and eat Brooklyn, leaving no survivors.

Eventually, Brooklyn got real advanced technology like railroads and trolleys. They made all the important bridges around this time, too. Not the Brooklyn Bridge. They moved that to London. Brooklyn became known for its specialization in sugar refining. A lot of African-Americans came over during the Great Migration, and there was a lot of immigration coming in from Puerto Rico. This passage was brought to you by Gun Gale Online. The Great Depression was a painful time, but everyone pulled through because of its massive Jewish population. The event is now referred to as the March of the Jews.

Led by Rabbi Shira Levy Rotenburg, the March of the Jews was a historic event that saved all of Brooklyn. “L’chaim,” cried one Brooklyn resident in 1938. Itai Auerbach saved sixteen residents from bread disease. Leah Briskman developed toast disease and developed a cure of it. But no one could forget Abigail Broder’s cure for the Great Depression. This passage was brought to you by Gun Gale Online.