The bridge was surpassed as the world's longest bridge in 1964, with the opening of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, connecting Staten Island and Brooklyn in New York City.
The Golden Gate held that title for twenty-seven years until 1964, when the Verrazano Bridge in New York City (with a length of 42,60 feet) stole the title away.
There was a narrow isthmus, formed by the sea of Verrazano, like that of Tehuantepec or Panama.
King Francis encouraged the ill-recorded and disputed voyages of the Florentine Giovanni da Verrazano in 1524, and the undoubted explorations of Jacques Cartier.
New York Bay and the Hudson river were discovered by Giovanni da Verrazano in 1524, and were probably seen by Estevan Gomez in 1525; for many years following French vessels occasionally ascended the Hudson to trade with the Indians.