New York – The Empire State

Greetings from New York Postcard, available at Legends' General Store.

Greetings from New York Postcard, available at Legends’ General Store.

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, the most populous city in the United States. 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. Alexander

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 a discarded crown at her feet, representing freedom from Britain after the American Revolution. Justice, who is blindfolded and 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 is a white, flowing ribbon that reads “Excelsior.”

Niagara Falls, William Henry Jackson, Detroit Publishing Co,around the turn of the century

Niagara Falls from Prospect Point, William Henry Jackson, Detroit Publishing Co, around the turn of the century. Photo by the Detroit Photographic Co.

New York Articles:

American Revolution

American Revolution Timeline

Initial Battles For Independence

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

The Cardiff Giant – “A Sucker Born Every Minute”

Castle Clinton – Anticipating the War of 1812

Chesapeake Bay National Park

Discovery, Description & Early Occupation of New York City

The Dutch Colony of New Netherland

Ellis Island – Welcoming the Immigrants

Fort Niagara

Fort Stanwix

Fort Ticonderoga

The French & Indian War

Great Indian Warpath

Great Lakes of North America

The Great Moon Hoax of 1835

Nathan Hale – The Patriot Spy

Jimmy Hope – King of the Bank Robbers

Hopewell Culture

Henry Hudson – Northeast Explorer

La Cosa Nostra – American Mafia

Legend of Rip Van Winkle

Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty

Lucky Luciano – Italian Crime Boss of New York

New Amsterdam – The Beginnings of New York City

New York City

New York City Boroughs

Original Pennsylvania Station, New York City

New York Fun Facts & Trivia

New York Geography & Maps

New York Photo Galleries

New York State History

Niagara Falls National Heritage Area

The Powerful Iroquois Confederacy

President Franklin D. Roosevelt – New Deal Leader

Sadie “The Goat” Farrell – The Queen of the Waterfront

Settling America – The Proprietary Colonies

Mobster Dutch Schultz & His Hidden Treasure

The War of 1812 – American Independence Confirmed

Statue Of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty, photo by Ella Nobo, Legends of America’s granddaughter in training

New York Map

New York Map – Click to print 8×11.

See More New York Maps HERE.

©Kathy Alexander/Legends of America, updated March 2024.

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