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
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