New York State
Interesting facts that you probably didn't know
New York harbour 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 honour of the existing as a colony of Great Britain for over a century. New York State declared its
independence on July 9, 1776, becoming one of the original 13 states of the Federal Union. The following year,
on April 20, 1777, New York State's first constitution was adopted.
New York State facts
Here are some more interesting facts about New York State:
New York was the first state to require licene plates on
Kingston was the first capital of New York State
The first Saranac Lake Winter Festival, still popular today, was held in
It took 31 years, from 1867 to 1898, to build the State Capitol
New York State has 1,300 museums and galleries, 64 performing arts
centres, and 230 theatres.
There are more than 400 golf course and 55 downhill ski areas in New York
The New York State Canal System is 524 miles long and has 57
The Hudson River was named an American Heritage River by the U.S.
government in 1998.
The above text about New York State is an extract from the New York
State Department of State web site.
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