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How Did New York Get Its Name

The city of New York is known the world over and it often used as the backdrop for many Hollywood movies and TV shows. New York the city is located in the state of New York in the USA. New York is the third most populated state in America and shares its borders with New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the south and Connecticut, Vermont and Massachusetts to the east. It also shares a marine border with Rhode Island east of Long Island, as well as an international border with the Canadian provinces of Ontario to the north and west, and Quebec to the north. The state of New York is in most cases called New York State to avoid confusion with its largest city New York.

Why is New York Called New York?
In the early 1600’s the land around the current state of New York was occupied by the Dutch. The Dutch called this area New Netherlands and settled it in approximately 1625. They established a city on Manhattan Island and called it New Amsterdam after the capital back home. During the mid 1600’s the Dutch and the English fought for control over this region. In the late 1600’s around 1672 the English gained control of this area via a peace treaty with the Dutch. The region was renamed New York after the Duke of York who had been given the charter for the land by his brother King Charles of England.

Other Facts about the State of New York

  • New York City is not the capital of the state, but it is the largest city in the state
  • The capital of New York State is Albany
  • The highest mountain in the New York State is Mount Marcy

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