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Friday, 9 September 2016

New York

New York was originally New Netherland, founded by the Dutch Empire in the early 17th century The British annexed the colony from the Dutch in 1664.

The borders of the British colony, the Province of New York, were similar to those of the present-day state.

The state was named for the 17th century Duke of York, future King James II of England.

New York and neighboring jurisdictions in 1777

George Washington nicknamed New York as the "Empire State." When the General was given a full map of New York prior to the Battle of New York, he remarked on New York's natural geographic advantages, proclaiming New York the "Seat of an Empire".

On July 26, 1788, New York ratified the United States Constitution and became the 11th state of the United States.

Between 1788 and 1797, the New York Legislature moved the state capital around between Albany, Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and New York City. Albany became the permanent capital from 1797 and remains so to this day.

The New York State Capitol in Albany. By Matt H. Wade. Wikipedia

A dog license law was enacted in the state of New York on March 10, 1894. The new licenses cost two dollars. It was the first animal control law in the US.

Flirting in public has been illegal in New York since the state introduced a bill outlawing it on January 8, 1902.

On April 25, 1901 New York became the first U.S. state to require automobile license plates. The fee was $1, but there was no waiting.

New York became the first jurisdiction in the United States to adopt laws against drunk driving in 1910.

The village of Lake Placid in the Adirondacks hosted both the 1932 and the 1980 Winter Olympics.

Mirror Lake in the Village of Lake Placid in the Adirondacks, By Mwanner - Wikipedia

Two-thirds of the state's population lives in the New York City Metropolitan Area, and nearly 40% lives on Long Island.

The United States Census Bureau says that, as of 2015, New York had the third most people (population) in the United States, after California, Texas and Florida. New York's estimated population is 19,795,791

Adirondack Park is comprised of more than six million acres, and makes up one-fifth of the New York state.

New York is the only state that touches both the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean.

After Hawaii, New York is the US state surrounded by the most water.

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