On December 3rd, 1639, Jonas Bronck purchased 50 acres of land to the north of Manhattan Island that later grew into 680 acres of farmland. People in the City would visit the farmland for a getaway from the hustle and bustle of 17th century City life, and heading on up to the farm would be know as "going to the Broncks". This led to the entire area, and later New York City borough, to be called "The Bronx".
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