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New York City became the most populous city in the world in 1925, overtaking London, which had reigned for a century.On March 25, 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in Greenwich Village killed 146 garment workers.Hudson came across Manhattan Island and the native people living there in 1609, and continued up the river that would later bear his name, the Hudson River, until he arrived at the site of present-day Albany.A permanent European presence in New Netherland began in 1624 with the founding of a Dutch fur trading settlement on Governors Island.

On January 1, 1914, the New York State Legislature created Bronx County, and New York County was reduced to its present boundaries.In 1524, Florentine explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano – sailing in service of King Francis I of France – became the first documented European to visit the area that would become New York City.He entered the tidal strait now known as The Narrows and named the land around Upper New York Harbor "New Angoulême", in reference to the family name of King Francis I that was derived from Angoulême in France; he sailed far enough into the harbor to sight the Hudson River, which he referred to in his report to the French king as a "very big river"; and he named the Bay of Santa Margarita – what is now Upper New York Bay – after Marguerite de Navarre, the elder sister of the king.The new European immigration brought further social upheaval.In a city of tenements packed with poorly paid laborers from dozens of nations, the city became a hotbed of revolution (including anarchists and communists among others), syndicalism, racketeering, and unionization.These intense war-time riots are counted among the worst incidents of civil disorder in American history, with an estimated 119 participants and passersby massacred.

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