New York originally took name from which French town?

Giacomo Gastaldi’s 1548 map reveals New York’s original French name

Did you know? New York was originally called Angoulême

New York was first called Angoulême after the town of the same name in Charente. On January 17, 1524, the Italian explorer, Giovanni da Verrazzano, became the first European to enter what is now New York Harbour with his ship, La Dauphine.

His voyage was sponsored by King Francis I of France, who was hoping Verrazzano would find a sea route to the Far East.

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