Welcome to TheseUnitedStates - New York
New York was the 11th of the original 13 states to ratify the Constitution, on July 26, 1788. The 2000 census has New York's population at 18,976,457, ranking 3rd in the US. With a total area of 54,556 square miles, the state ranks 27th in size. Albany is New York's capital; New York City is its largest city.
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New York State Bird: Bluebird
New York State Flower: Rose
New York State Motto: Ever upward
New York State Song: I Love New York
New York State Tree: Sugar Maple
Nickname: Empire State
The geographic center of New York lies in Madison County, 12 miles south of Oneida and 26 miles SW of Utica. At 5,344 feet, Mount Marcy, in the Adirondack Mountains south of Lake Placid, is the state's highest point. New York is named for the Duke of York and Albany, who received patent to New Netherland from his brother Charles II and sent an expedition to capture it in 1664.
Brief History: Early inhabitants were Algonquians including the Mahican, Wappinger, and Lenni Lenape, and the Iroquoian Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca tribes, who established the League of the Five Nations. In 1609, Henry Hudson explored the river named for him, and Champlain explored the lake named for him. In 1624, the Dutch established the first permanent settlement, near present-day Albany. New Amsterdam was settled in 1626 at the southern tip of Manhattan Island. A British fleet seized New Netherland in 1664. Nearly one-third of the 300 or so engagements of the American Revolution were fought in New York, including the Battle of Bemis Heights-Saratoga in 1777, a turning point of the war. Completion of the Erie Canal in 1825 established the state as a gateway to the West. The first women's rights convention was held in Seneca Falls in 1848.
The Empire State is home to Castle Clinton ,Fort Stanwix, Governors Island, and (with New Jersey) Statue of Liberty National Monuments. Other New York attractions include New York City; the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains; Finger Lakes; Great Lakes; Thousand Islands; Niagara Falls; Saratoga Springs; Philipsburg Manor, Sunnyside (Washington Irvin's Home), and the Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow, all in the Tarrytown area; Corning Glass Center and Steuben factory, Corning; Fenimore House, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, both in Cooperstown; Fort Ticonderoga overlooking Lakes George and Champlain; Empire State Plaza, Albany; Lake Placid; Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, including the Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park; Long Island beaches; Montauk Point; and the Theodore Roosevelt estate, Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay.