About New York
Located in the North-east, New York is a world-famous state, known for its vibrant New York City
, which is a major
cultural and financial center of the nation. With the third largest population in the country (at about 20 million), and a status as the twenty-seventh largest, New York has a high population density, heavily concentrated in New York City. New York is a diverse region with a wide variety of cultures represented.
History of New York
Originally inhabited by the Algonquian and Iroquoian tribes, the region that is now NY was explored by the Dutch and claimed as New Netherland in the early 17th century. British settlers later annexed the colony, creating the Province of New York in 1664. New York was a major battleground during the Revolutionary War, and achieved statehood on July 26, 1788 as one of the original thirteen colonies.
Located in the north-eastern region of the United States, the state of New York is the third most populous of the 50 states in the U.S. The state of New York shares its borders with New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont. New York state is also bordered (through sharing a maritime border) with the states of Rhode Island and Canada.
The eastern part of New York state is dominated by the Great Appalachian Valley, while the northern part of the state includes Lake Champlain. This part also features the Hudson River. The western part of the valley features the Adirondack Mountains.
New York has the third largest economy of any state, after California and Texas. Its financial center, Wall Street, is the leading center of banking and commerce, and is home to the largest stock exchange in the world, the New York Stock Exchange. In addition to the financial and commercial institutions based in New York, it is also a major agricultural state, a strong producer of dairy products, apples, cabbage, cherries, and livestock.
Travel Destinations in New York
The New York State is also named "The Empire State"
for its profusion of wealth and diversity in resources. The state was named by the British to bestow honor at the Duke of Albany and York, the brother of King Charles II of England. It was then, in 1664 that New Amsterdam ceased to belong to the Dutch and the city as well as the state were named New York.
The fact that the state of New York has resplendent and enchanting tourist destinations to visit, it attracts millions of tourists every year. Major sites, include, Coney Island, Empire State Building, majestic Niagara Falls, Adirondacks' rugged mountains, the captivating Catskills, The Statue of Liberty, etc. The dominant features of the place are rivers, lakes, and streams.
The state also consists of various wildlife management areas, state parks, and forests that are homes to hundreds of wildlife species and are open for public.
Education System in New York
The higher education system in New York state is the State University of New York (SUNY) as well as the City University of New York (CUNY), additionally funded by New York City. Additionally, there are several prestigious private universities such as Columbia University in New York and Cornell University in Ithaca. This makes it the only US state to have more than a single Ivy League university.
New York state is located on the coast of northeastern United States at the mouth of the Hudson River. It is bordered by Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont to the east, New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the south, maritime border with Rhode Island east of Long Island and an international border with Canada to the north and west. New York state has a wide variety of topography.
Eastern New York is dominated by the Great Appalachian Valley. Lake Champlain is the main feature of the valley, which also includes the Hudson River. The southern part of the state is located on the Allegheny Plateau. The western part of the state comprises many water bodies and is drained by the Allegheny River. The northwest region is home to Niagara falls and Niagara River, which forms the border with Ontario between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.
New York has a humid continental climate. Weather conditions are influenced by two continental air masses: a warm, humid one from the southwest and a cold, dry one from the northwest.
Winters are long and cold, especially in the Plateau Division of the state. In Northern Plateau, the temperatures can dip as low as -13 degree Fahrenheit and 5 degree Fahrenheit or colder in the Southern Plateau. Much of western and central New York is affected by lake-effect snow. Summers are cool in the Southern Plateau, while rest of the states enjoy pleasantly warm temperatures. Summer daytime temperature vary from 70 to 80 degree Fahrenheit over much of the state.
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Important rivers of New York state are:
- Niagara River
- Allegheny River
- Genesee River
- Oswego River
- Chemung River
- St. Lawrence River
- Black River
- Susquehanna River
- Delware River
- Mohawk River
- Hudson River
There are four major mountain ranges in New York
state. These are
- Adirondacks: It is located in the northeastern part of New York. It runs through Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, Saint Lawrence, Saratoga,Warren and Washington counties. They are eroded domes consisting of many peaks either isolated or in groups.
- Catskills: These mountains are dissected plateau, an uplifted region which was eroded into sharp relief. They are on the west side of Hudson River and lie within the bounds of six counties.
- Shawangunks: It is a ridge in Ulster County.
- Taconic: It runs along the eastern border of New York State and extends into three boroughs of New York City. The highest peak is Mount Equinox
New York state has more than 7,600 freshwater lakes, ponds and reservoirs. There are around ten natural freshwater lakes of ten square miles or more, Lake Champlain being one of them. Other prominent lakes are the Finger lakes, Erie, Ontario, Greenwood lake, etc.
Last Updated on : August 22, 2016
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