didn't think this required its own thread, but thought it was interesting. Saw it on reddit today. "In the 1640's the Dutch inhabitants of New Amsterdam built a 12' wall to keep the bad hombres out. In 1664 the British ignored the wall and took New Amsterdam by sea. It's now called New York. They took down the wall and built a street. It's called Wall Street"
also, If you visit the street there is still a piece of the original wall in the ground.
and then some non-finance related dutch/NYC facts :
Coney Island = Conyne Eyland, meaning rabbit island (Konijn Eiland in modern Dutch).
Staten Island = named in honor of the Staten-Generaal, a government body.
Nassau = Name of the royal Dutch house (think "Windsor").
Brooklyn = Breukelen in province Utrecht.
Harlem = Haarlem in Noord-Holland.
Rhode Island = Roode Eylandt (red island in Dutch).
Yankees = the common first names of Dutch men, "Jan" and "Kees" slurred together. Yell that at any Dutchman and you were likely to guess his name.
...thus concludes our history lesson for the day