This is an intro to the people story of Red Hook, to the parade of ethnic groups that lived and/or worked here roughly in the order of their arrival. Native American Lenape people enjoy Red Hook as a summer place from the 16th century. Dutch colonists arrive in the early 1600s and bring diverse nationalities, religions and races - and enslaved blacks. Port developments from around 1850 until the 1960s make Red Hook a major port of call to ships from all over the world, which bring a changing rainbow of people who live and work here. We will explore this topic more in future updates and select individual people to research in depth. This Red Hook WaterStories 1.0 illuminates major trends, forces and issues in the demographic changes that define this neighborhood.