FW: New York (OED 1714); New England (OED 1638)
abatefr at EARTHLINK.NET
Tue Apr 1 09:56:55 UTC 2003
RE Barry P's inquiry below:
New England -- used in 1616 by John Smith in his _Description of New
England_; this per Mathews Dict of Americanisms.
Mathews has nothing very early on New York.
What does the OED revision have? New York 1714? New England 1638? Will
there be any dates/entries for "New Amsterdam" and "New Netherlands"?
This is really for OED, but someone on the list can respond. I'd like to
write something for the New-York Historical Society, and I'd like to see
New York City is turning 350, so something closer to 1653 is more like
Here's a check of EARLY ENGLISH BOOKS ONLINE:
New Amsterdam--no hits
New Netherland--William Castell A SHORT DISCOVERIE (1644)
New York--Thomas Sprat COPIES OF THE INFORMATION (1685)
New England--Peter Heylyn A LITTLE DESCRIPTION OF THE GREAT WORLD (1625);
William Alexander, Earl of Stirling THE MAPP AND DESCRIPTION OF NEVV-ENGLAND
(See also "'New England' Defined" at
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