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Yorkshire County, Province of New York

The Shire of York (Yorkshire), was the first large governmental unit organized in the English Province of New York soon after English control of the area was established in 1664.

History

On August 29, 1664, The Duke of York’s forces captured New Amsterdam from the Dutch as part of their conquest of New Netherland. They renamed New Amsterdam as the Province of New York, which included modern New York, New Jersey, Vermont, southeast Pennsylvania, and Delaware.[1]

Yorkshire (which was not a county), was created soon afterward in 1664. Its jurisdiction included Long Island, Staten Island, Manhattan Island, and the east side of the Hudson River coterminous with Westchester[2]

Like the original Yorkshire in England for which it was named, Yorkshire, New York was divided into three ridings: East, West and North. New York's East Riding consisted of modern Suffolk County, its West Riding Staten Island, modern Brooklyn and modern Elmhurst, Queens (also known as Newtown) and its North Riding the rest of modern Queens, Nassau County, Westchester County and the Bronx.

On July 21, 1667, the Peace of Breda between England, France and the Netherlands confirmed the English conquest of New York from the Dutch in 1664.[3][4]

As a result of renewed fighting between England and the Netherlands, the Dutch re-captured New York in August 1673. On September 12, 1673, New Netherland reverted the government structure in New Amsterdam.

On February 9, 1674, the Anglo-Dutch War was concluded with the Treaty of Westminster, the terms of which again transferred the territory to British control. The English reverted the organization to the one they previously established plus the take over of the governments the Dutch established in the interim.[5]

On June 29, 1674, King Charles II of England granted the same territory previously granted to the Duke of York on March 12, 1663, including all territory previously in the Province of New York.[5][6][7]

On November 1, 1683, Yorkshire, New York was eliminated, and the three ridings were converted into the Counties of Kings, New York, Queens, Richmond, Suffolk, and Westchester. The East Riding was made into Suffolk County, the West Riding into Richmond (Staten Island) and Kings (Brooklyn) counties, and the North Riding into Queens (including the modern Nassau County), New York (modern Manhattan Borough and New York County), and Westchester (including the modern Bronx) counties.[8]

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