Anthony Janszoon Van Salee is considered as the first known Muslim settler in the Americas and also the first inhabitant of Brooklyn in New York. He was born to a Dutch father in 1607 in Spain and to his Muslim wife. His father became an admiral in the Morocco Navy working at the port of Sale (from where he gets his name) and would have converted to Islam.
He moved to Algiers and then to Amsterdam before getting on his journey to the Americas. He settled in Lower Manhattan area. Due to various disputes with the other settlers he was induced to move across the river to Brooklyn and became its first settler.