As we continue our tour of states, September 21 brings us to the perfect time to honor National New York Day.
The land now known as New York was populated by the Lenape people (also known as the Delaware Indians). They populated New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and parts of Delaware and Connecticut. The Dutch were the first Europeans to settle the area named New Netherland. Settlements and trading posts up and down the Hudson River. Albany, the state capital, was once called Beverwijck and the center of the fur trade. In 1624, the Dutch established a settlement on Nutten Island named New Amsterdam. Two years later, they would move to Manhattan island and the colony would flourish.
The settlement would exchange hands between the Dutch and British a few times, each time without bloodshed. The first, in 1664, would be named New York.
When the colonies declared independence and later created the articles of Confederation, it was soon discovered a stronger governing document was needed. While New York sent three delegates to the Constitutional Convention in 1787, only Alexander Hamilton remained to sign the final document. A Federalist, Hamilton held strong opinions that could potentially influence the framing of the young nation’s new governing document. For one, Hamilton supported a life term of service for the President.
From the timeless halls of Ellis Island to the epic beauty of Niagara Falls and breathtaking Adirondacks, New York is infused with grand vistas and endless historical paths to retrace. With New York City as the epitome of a melting pot long before the term was coined, the state is full of inspiration for artists of all kinds, sparks intelligent debate and philosophical discussion.
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Each week following the week of Independence Day 2017, National Day Calendar will be announcing a National Day in honor of each state in the order they entered the union. We start with Delaware on July 13 and will complete the celebrations with Hawaii on June 27, 2018, allowing for some time off for the holidays.