- The island of manhattan, which is the heart of Greater New York City.
It was bought from the Manhattan Indians on May 6, 1626, by Peter Minuit
for 60 guilders' (about $24.00) worth of trinkets. In 1609 these
Indians attacked Henry Hudson, while he was returning down the river which
bears his name. While the word "Manhattan" is said to come from the
Indian words manah, meaning island, and atin, meaning
hill - Hill Island - a few claim that it came from the word manhachtanick,
or "the place where we all got drunk," after Hudson had
given the Indians some liquor.