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In 1664, the city was named after then Duke of York , and future King of England James II. James had been named by his older brother Charles II as proprietor of the former territory of New Netherlands and its main city of New Amsterdam , which had recently been seized from the Dutch.
During the Wisconsinan glaciation , the New York City region was situated at the edge of a large ice sheet over 1,000 feet in depth. The ice sheet scraped away large amounts of soil, leaving the bedrock that serves as the geologic foundation for much of New York City today. Later on, movement of the ice sheet would contribute to the separation of what are now Long Island and Staten Island. 
In the precolonial era , the area of present-day New York City was inhabited by various bands of Algonquian tribes of Native Americans , including the Lenape , whose homeland, known as Lenapehoking , included Staten Island; the western portion of Long Island, including the area that would become Brooklyn and Queens; Manhattan; the Bronx; and the Lower Hudson Valley.