Some of the natural resources of Colonial New York included fur, timber and fertile agricultural lands. The colony of New York was part of the middle colonies and was originally settled by the Dutch.
Colonial New York was previously a Dutch colony called "New Amsterdam," until it acquired its present name and became a chartered colony of the British Empire in 1664. Geographically located in the Mid-Atlantic region, Colonial New York had a temperate climate, an abundance of fertile soil and a longer growing period than other colonies. Due to its rich farmlands, agricultural products and natural resources comprised the bulk of the colony's major exports.