Newark is located west of Manhattan at the mouth of the Passaic River. The city is the most populous in New Jersey with 282,000 residents. Newark is divided into five political wards: East, West, South, North and Central. Due to its waterfront location, Newark’s local port, Port Newark-Elizabeth, is the primary container shipping terminal within the New York-New Jersey seaport. Settled by the Puritans in 1666, Newark is one of the oldest European cities in the United States and draws in visitors through its variety of historical and aesthetic leisure options. In particular, visitors are drawn to Branch Brook Park, the oldest county park in the United States, which holds the distinct of containing the nation’s largest collection of cherry blossom trees, numbering approximately 5,000.