Europeans began to explore the region at the beginning of the 16th century–among the first was Giovanni da Verrazzano, an Italian who sailed up and down the Atlantic coast in search of a route to Asia–but none settled there until 1624.
That year, the Dutch West India Company sent some 30 families to live and work in a tiny settlement on “Nutten Island” (today’s Governors Island) that they called New Amsterdam.
The remaining housewives joined in later seasons: Morgan in the third, Radziwill in the fifth, Medley in the seventh, and Mortimer in the ninth.
Other housewives include Kelly Killoren Bensimon (seasons 2–4), Cindy Barshop (season 4), Aviva Drescher (seasons 5–6), Heather Thomson (seasons 5–7), Kristen Taekman (seasons 6–7), and Jules Wainstein (season 8).
But it grew quickly, and in 1760 the city (now called New York City; population 18,000) surpassed Boston to become the second-largest city in the American colonies.
Fifty years later, with a population 202,589, it became the largest city in the Western hemisphere.
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The series originally focused on Luann de Lesseps (briefly D'Agostino), Bethenny Frankel, Alex Mc Cord, Ramona Singer, and Jill Zarin.
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For the next century, the population of New York City grew larger and more diverse: It included immigrants from the Netherlands, England, France and Germany; indentured servants; and African slaves.
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Despite the series title, most of the women featured were not housewives.
Frankel and Singer owned their own businesses; Mc Cord and Zarin also had careers outside their home.