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Liberty and Justice in the Empire State

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Greetings From New York

 Custom New York postcard by Legends Store available HERE!


From the shores of Long Island to the mighty Niagara Falls, the Empire State provides a wealth of history and attractions including 22 National Parks, 178 State Parks, and 262 National Historic Landmarks, not to mention numerous opportunities to explore the natural environment at beaches, hiking trails, forests, and mountains; as well as the flair culture, arts and foods in its many cities.


Also called the Excelsior State and the Knickerbocker State (from the pants worn by early Dutch settlers), its primary nickname the Empire State is credited to George Washington, who referred to New York state in December, 1784 as "at present the seat of the Empire."


First inhabited by various tribes of Algonquian and Iroquoian speaking Native American tribes, it began to see settlers when the Dutch moved into the region in the early 17th century. First claimed by Henry Hudson, Fort Nassau was built near the site of the present-day capital of Albany in 1614, and soon established New Amsterdam in present-day New York City, as well as parts of the Hudson River Valley, establishing the colony of New Netherland.


Today, New York is the third most populous state in the Nation, with New York City, having a population of over 8.1 million, as the the most populous city in the United States. Both the state and its largest city were named for the 17th century Duke of York, James Stuart, future James II and VII of England and Scotland.


There is much to experience in New York, and you won't be disappointed. Enjoy your travels in New York and welcome to the Legends of the Empire State.


Kathy R. Weiser




New York FlagNew York Flag - New York's official flag was adopted in 1901. Against a deep blue background, it pictures Liberty, holding a pole with a liberty cap, and has a discarded crown at her feet, which represents freedom from Britain after the American Revolution; and Justice, who is blindfolded and is holding the scales of justice. A shield between them pictures the sun, hills, and two boats sailing on the Hudson River. Over the shield there is a globe and a bald eagle. Under them all is a white, flowing ribbon that reads "Excelsior."


Welcome to New York Legends


New York Articles:


American Revolution

American Revolution Timeline

Initial Battles For Independence

Castle Clinton - Anticipating the War of 1812

Discovery, Description & Early Occupation of New York City

The French & Indian War

The Cardiff Giant - "A Sucker Born Every Minute"

The Great Moon Hoax of 1835

Legend of Rip Van Winkle

Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty

Nathan Hale - The Patriot Spy

New Amsterdam - The Beginnings of New York City

Sadie "The Goat" Farrell - The Queen of the Waterfront

Settling America - The Proprietary Colonies

Settling of America - New England Settlements

New York State History

The War of 1812 - American Independence Confirmed



Niagra Falls, New York

Niagra Falls, New York about the turn of the century, by

the Detroit Photographic Co.

This image available for downloads &

photographic prints HERE!



Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty, photo by 9 year-old Ella Nobo,

Legends of America's granddaughter in training.








Tallest buildings in the world, New York City, 1901

Tallest buildings in the world, New York

City, by Detroit Photographic Co., 1901.

This image available for downloads &

photographic prints HERE!



From Legends' General Store

New York Historic Book Collection - 72 Historic Books on CDNew York Historic Book Collection - 72 Historic Books on CD - The Historical New York Book Collection includes 72 volumes relating to the history of New York and its people primarily in the 18th and 19th centuries. Several of the volumes have great period illustrations and portraits of relevant historical figures. Includes such titles as the History of New York by Jeannette H.Walworth in 1889, New York by Theodore Roosevelt in 1891, History of the New York Times by Elmer H. Davis in 1921, and dozens of others.

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