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Originally, the area was inhabited by the Lenni Lenape Native Americans, who called the area "Ackingsah-sack," meaning "stony ground." The first European settlement was made by the Dutch East India Trading Company in 1665, though it was taken over by the English in 1667. The town was originally named "New Barbadoes," as the mayor had previously resided in Barbados. The name was only changed to Hackensack in 1921.
Today, Hackensack is known for its wide ethnic diversity, proximity to New York and the views of its skyline, education, riverfront, its naval museum, and high end suburban homes and neighborhoods.
People Born in Hackensack
Hackensack in People's Lives
Liam Neeson: I traveled here in 1995 to film scenes of the movie Before and After. We filmed at the Bergen County Court House.