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In 1664, the city was named in honor of the Duke of York. In 1784, New York became the first state to ratify the United States Constitution and it has been home to many presidents since then. The Statue of Liberty greeted millions of immigrants as they came to America by ship in 1885–1919.New York City's status as a top global city is based on several factors: its large population; its economic output; its cultural influence; and its importance within international tourism. It is one of only three cities in North America with over 8 million people (the other two being Mexico City and Los Angeles). As many as 800 languages are spoken here, making it both one of most linguistically diverse cities worldwide—and a major destination for language learners from around the world—as well as an important center for immigration law enforcement efforts by U.