Recently I have been curious about the name Manhatten (related to the Algonquian Indians -- The Algonquian are one of the most populous and widespread North American native language groups, with tribes originally numbering in the hundreds. Today hundreds of thousands of individuals identify with various Algonquian peoples.) and why America has named two popular cities with that name. When comparing the Manhattens today with the historical Manhatten, I begin to wonder if we need to pay closer attention to where we draw our wealth. The historical Manhatten (where New York City is today) is apparently resplendent. Its natural wealth included the old growth forests, stately wetlands, rolling hills, abundant wildlife, people who lived in tune with nature—was prodigious and deep. Today we see a very different reality there.
Manhatten Beach (California): George H. Peck owned a lot of the land that became part of the north section of Manhattan Beach. A coin flip decided the town's name. Around 1902, the beach suburb was named "Manhattan" after developer Stewart Merrill's home town, Manhattan, New York. It is the most expensive city to live in on the California Coast, with homes exceeding $25 million in cost.