The history of crime, police, and punishment in New York can be traced back to its early colonial roots. Early encounters with French and Dutch explorers left footprints on the frontier's wilderness that paled in comparison to the influence that Britain cast over this early colony and the colonists that remained. During the years between 1620 and 1640, a great migration from England was occurring. Families were fleeing England in search of a new life and an opportunity to create a deeply religious society with a political system that gave ...

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