Sunday, February 18, 2007

New York

New York is the third most populous state of the United States of America. Located in the Mid-Atlantic region, it is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. It also shares an international border with Canada. The state's five largest cities are New York City, Buffalo, Rochester, Yonkers and Syracuse. New York is known for its history as a gateway for immigration to the United States and its status as a transportation and manufacturing center. The state has 62 counties.

New York was inhabited by Algonquian and Iroquois Native Americans at the time Dutch and French settlers arrived in the 16th century. New York was forted by the Dutch at Albany in 1614 and colonized in 1624, at both Albany and Manhattan, before falling under English rule in 1664. About one third of all the military engagements of the American Revolution took place in New York, after which it became the 11th state to ratify the United States Constitution in 1788.

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