New York Colony was home to various religions, including Quaker, Lutheran, Anglican, Catholic, and Jewish. Peter Minuit created the New York Colony as New Sweden in 1626; it was later renamed New Netherlands. In 1664, the Duke of York seized power and christened the colony New York in his honour.
Along with New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, New York Colony was one of the original 13 colonies. It was categorised as Middle Colonies territory.
New York and the other middle colonies were religiously diverse, in contrast to New England, which was largely Puritan. Instead of meetinghouses, colonists in the middle colonies attended churches that resemble modern churches. Families would devote the most of their Sundays to church. By the conclusion of the colonial period, church attendance had reached roughly 60 percent. This trend began in the late 1600s.
On the basis of geography, the religious sects of New York Colony were segregated into distinct regions. The primary location of the Dutch Reformed Church was in the Hudson River Valley, where the Dutch had established. Along the Mohawk River to the west of Albany were Lutherans and the German Reformed Church. Suffolk County on Long Island was inhabited by Congregationalists, while the city of New Rochelle in Westchester County was founded by French Huguenots.