New York is inspirational. New York was admitted to the Union of the United States of America on July 26, 1788. New York’s nickname is The Empire State. The Empire State Building is a popular New York tourist attraction and a symbol of freedom and pride. Four of the world’s other most popular tourist destinations are in New York: Times Square, Central Park, Niagara Falls, and Grand Central Terminal. Another popular attraction and symbol of freedom and pride is New York’s Statue of Liberty.
New York is in the Northeastern United States. Canada is at the international border of New York to the north. Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean are to the east. The Atlantic Ocean, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania are to the south. Canada with Lake Erie and Lake Ontario are to the west of New York as well. The state has a maritime border with Rhode Island to the northeast of Long island. New York, New York is the most populous city in the United States. The City is a global city that has impact on every aspect of life. As home of the United Nations Headquarters it is a center for international diplomacy, as well as, being a cultural and financial capital.
Algonquian and Iroquoian-speaking Native Americans inhabited the area before European exploration. French colonists and Jesuit missionaries explored. The Dutch moved into the area and claimed the region in 1609. One of colonies was New Netherland which became a multicultural center of trade and immigration. Forts and colonies grew. The British annexed this area from the Dutch in 1664. It became the Province of New York. The city of New York was recaptured by the Dutch in 1673. It was returned about a year later.
The Sons of Liberty organized in New York City during the 1760s. The Stamp Act Congress, representatives of the Thirteen Colonies, met in response to the Stamp Act. This led first to the writing of the Declaration of Rights and Grievances and later to the Continental Congress. New York endorsed the Declaration of Independence on July 9, 1776. The next day the New York constitution was created. A new constitution was drafted and adopted on April 20, 1777. Many battles of the Revolutionary War took place in New York. New York ratified the United States Constitution and became a admitted state. New York City became the first national capital. New Yorker Alexander Hamilton helped organize the government and draft the United States Constitution.
Canals were built in New York. This aided transportation, commerce, and settlement. Railroads were also constructed. Communities supported the Underground Railroad and the American Civil War. New York City became a port of entry for immigration in the early 19th century. Castle Garden and then Ellis Island became entry depots. Ellis Island was a federally controlled depot from January 1, 1892 until November 12, 1954.
The despicable September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks occurred in part in Lower Manhattan. Two of the four hijacked planes were flown into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. All of the buildings of the once World Trade Center either collapsed or later had to be demolished due to resulting attack damage. Deaths of 2,753 victims occurred. Since the attacks rescue workers and residents of the area have died from causes that developed after the attacks.
When many people think of New York they think of New York City. The majority of the state is covered by meadows, rivers, forests, mountains, farms, and lakes. The Great Appalachian Valley, Lake Champlain Valley, and Hudson Valley dominate the east. The Adirondack Mountains are west of the Lake Champlain Valley. The Hudson River, Allegheny River, and Saint Lawrence River are significant waterways. The Allegheny Plateau is in the southern part of the state.
Most of New York has a humid continental climate. New York City has a humid subtropical climate. Downstate New York has warm summers with some periods of high humidity and cold, damp winters. Upstate New York has warm, sometimes sultry, summers and long, cold winters. New York ranks for its efficient energy use.
President Martin Van Buren, President Millard Fillmore, President Chester A. Arthur, President Grover Cleveland, President Theodore Roosevelt, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt are all affiliated with New York. Our history, culture, and economy are all influenced or impacted by what happens in New York. Be inspired! Have a bright day!