NEW YORK HISTORY
New York harbor was visited by Verrazano in 1524, and the Hudson River was
first explored by Henry Hudson in 1609. The Dutch settled here permanently
in 1624 and for 40 years they ruled over the colony of New Netherland. It
was conquered by the English in 1664 and was then named New York in honor of
the Duke of York.
NEW YORK AND THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR
In many ways, New
York State was the principal battleground of the Revolutionary War.
Approximately one-third of the skirmishes and engagements of the war were
fought on New York soil. The Battle of Saratoga, one of the decisive battles
of the world, was the turning point of the Revolution leading to the French
alliance and thus to eventual victory. New York City, long occupied by
British troops, was evacuated on November 25, 1783. There, on December 4 at
General George Washington bade farewell to his officers.
NEW YORK STATE FACTS
The first railroad in America ran between Albany and Schenectady, a distance
of 11 miles.
The Catskills are the home of the legend of Rip Van
Winkle, brown trout and flycasting.
"Uncle Sam" was a meatpacker from Troy, New York.
During the War of 1812, Sam Wilson stamped "U.S. Beef" on his products and
soldiers interpreted that as Uncle Sam. His caricature later came to
personify the United States. His gravesite is located in Oakwood Cemetery in
New York was the first state to (1) preserve an
historic site (Washington's Headquarters at Newburgh); (2) establish a state
park (Niagara Reservation); and (3) declare land "forever wild" (the
Adirondack and Catskill forest preserves) in the State Constitution.
NEW YORK STATE
Statehood Admission: July 26, 1788 - 11th State
State Flower: Rose, State Bird: Bluebird, Population: 18,976,457
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When you are in New
York State, see a show! We have world-class theater, music, dance and more.
From Carnegie Hall in New York City to music under the stars at Saratoga to
a dinner theater in the Thousand Islands, we have performances for all to
The term "The Big
Apple" was coined by touring jazz musicians of the 1930s who used the slang
expression "apple" for any town or city. Therefore, to play New York City is
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