National New York Day | September 21
Thu Sep 21st

National New York Day

We recognize each state in the order they entered the union, beginning with Hawaii and ending with Hawaii on Independence Day. We feature a small part of each state's past, foods, and the people who make up the state.

As we begin our tour of the states, September 21st brings us to National New York Day, honoring the Empire State.


People & places

The Lenape people lived on the land now known as New York. They're also known as the Delaware Indians, and they're also known as the Delaware Indians. Their settlements also extended to New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and portions of Delaware and Connecticut. However, the Dutch were the first Europeans to settle the area and named it New Netherland.

The Hudson River was flooded with settlements and trading posts. Albany, the state capital, was once Beverwijck and the center of the fur trade. The Dutch established a settlement on Nutten Island named New Amsterdam in 1624. The colony flourished two years later, when they would return to Manhattan Island two years later.

The Dutch and British hands exchanged hands between the Dutch and British several times over time, each without bloodshed. New York is the first exchange that would have named it New York in 1664.

Freedom and control are both important and influential

The colonies later developed the Articles of Confederation after declaring independence. They soon discovered that a more effective governing document was needed.

Although New York sent three delegates to the Constitutional Convention in 1787, only Alexander Hamilton stayed to sign the final document. Hamilton, a Federalist, had strong views that could have a huge effect on the drafting of the country's new governing document. Hamilton, for one, favoured a life term of service for the President.

From Ellis Island's timeless halls to Niagara Falls' majestic splendor and majestic Adirondacks, New York is brimming with grand vistas and endless historical paths to retrace. The state is full of inspiration for artists, sparks intelligent debate, and philosophical discussion, with New York City as the epitome of a melting pot long before the term was coined.