240 Years of Brooklyn History

Posted on Aug 24, 2016

Explore Brooklyn’s History from The Battle of Brooklyn, 1776 to the Brooklyn of Today 2016

During the American Revolution, British forces under General William Howe and his brother, Admiral Richard viscount Howe, defeat Patriot forces under General George Washington at the Battle of Brooklyn in New York.

At the Battle of Brooklyn, the Americans suffered 1,000 casualties to the British loss of only 400 men in the first major campaign between the Continental Army and His Majesty’s Royal Army. Today you can visit these historical sites in Flatbush and Brooklyn Heights.

From the original Dutch settlement, consisting of six towns with clearly defined borders, the English consolidated the area over time to become Kings County.  The City of Brooklyn became part of the City of New York in 1898 adding 69.5 square miles and today has almost 2.6 million residents.

With over 649 hotels in Brooklyn, where to stay depends upon what you want to do. Neighborhoods are so unique, so you can spend a whole weekend.  Or start with a Brooklyn City Highlights Experience and then explore one area in depth.  The new waterfront parks are gorgeous for leisurely afternoons or evening barbecues.  Entertainment includes the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Barclays Center, St. Anne’s Warehouse in addition to hundreds of wonderful restaurants.

Contact a Discover New York and Beyond Destination Specialist to create an itinerary that will enrich your visit with the stories of the people that make each neighborhoods special with our outstanding licensed guides.

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