New York is a state in the Northeastern region of the United States and it is bordered to the northwest by Lakes Erie and Ontario and Quebec (Canada), to the east by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Atlantic Ocean and New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and to the north by Quebec.
Land Area: 54,556 square miles; Rank 27th
Statehood: July 26, 1788 11rd State
Population: 1,33,089 (2014 est)
Useless information facts
New York was named for the Duke of York and Albany, who received a patent for New Netherland (parts of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Connecticut) for King Charles II, his brother, and sent an expedition to capture the land in 1644.
New York was the scene of 92 Revolutionary war battles, nearly a third of all the Revolutionary War battles that were fought. After the Revolution, New York City was the nation’ first capital, 1785-1789, and this was where George Washington was inaugurated the first President.
New York had an active role in the Abolitionist movement. In 1799, New York passed an act freeing the children of slaves from future slavery themselves. Frederick Douglass published the North Star, an antislavery newspaper, in Rochester.Sojourner Truth and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were vocal Abolitionists, also.
In 1869, the Cardiff Giant, alleged to be the calcified remains of a prehistoric man, was discovered near the village of Cardiff. This being turned out to be a figure made of Iowa gypsum, and the hoax was uncovered. The giant is in Cooperstown’s Historical Association Museum.
George Eastman made the first Kodak in 18888 after experimenting with film and cameras for some time.
The nation’s first petroleum spring was found on the Cuba reservation in 1627, where the Native Americans used it for medicine.
New York City’s East River i not a true river, but rather a long tidal strait between the Upper Bay and Long Island Sound.
Saddle Rock Grist Mill on Long Island was built in 1715 and operates by ocean tides, the only such mill still working.
Points of Interest
· New York City: ethnic neighborhoods and restaurants (Chinatown, Little Italy, Harlem) New York Harbor, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Staten Island, Empire State Building, Trump Trowers, Broadway,
Lincoln Center, Radio City, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, Central Park, Bronx Zoo,Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim, Whitney Museum of Modern Art, Greenwich Village, SoHo.
-French and Indian War Forts and Battlefields: Ticonderoga, Niagara, William Henry
· Revolutionary War Forts and Battlefields: Saratoga, Bennington, Oriskany
· Catskills and Adirondack Mountains
· Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown
· Niagara Falls, Finger Lakes, Lake George
· Shaker Museum, Old Chatham.
· Poet Walt Whitman home, Huntington, Long Island
· Whaling Museums, Cold Spring Harbor and Sag Harbor, Long Island
· Six Nations Indian Museum, Onchiota
· Irish American Heritage Museum, Durham
· Ellis Island National Monument
· Erie Canal Village, Rome
· Old Bethpage Village Restoration estate, Long Island
· Home of Franklin Roosevelt, Hyde Park
· Millard Fillmore birthplace, Locke; restored home and museum, East Aurora
· Home of Martin Van Buren, Kinderhook
· George Washington’s headquarters, Newburgh
· Retirement home of Ulysses S.Gran, Wilton