The Empire State
The New York sate flower is the rose
The New York state bird is the Eastern Bluebird
The New York state tree is the Sugar Maple
Largest city: New York, NY
Area: 54,556 miles
The State Flag
A modern version of a Revolutionary War flag, today's New York State flag displays the State Coat of Arms, adopted in 1778, and centered on a dark blue field. The shield depicts a cloudless sky with a rising sun behind three mountains, the highlands of the Hudson River.
New York is bordered by New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the south and Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont to the east.
History in a timeline courtesy of "ereferencedesk.com"
- Hudson River was first explored by Henry Hudson.
- Samuel de Champlain explores the northeastern New York area .
1625 - The Dutch purchase Manhattan Island from the local Indians
1776 - July 9 - Existing as a colony of Great Britain for over a century, New York declared its independence becoming one of the original 13 states of the Federal Union
- April 20 - New York's first constitution was adopted
1784 - "The Empire State," an expression possibly originated by George Washington
1788 - With the Revolutionary War ended, New York becomes the 11th US State
1797 - January - Albany became the capital of the State
1792 - The New York Stock Exchange, founded, and has become the center of world finance.
1886 - The Statue of Liberty, with its famous inscription, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free," was the first symbol of America's mission.
1929 - New York stock market crashes
2001 - World Trade Center attacked by terrorists
- 9/11 - Terrorists hijacked, then crashed two planes into World Trade Center, nearly 3,000 killed, with billions in property loss.
- Later in the year, American Airlines plane crash in New York City kills 260
2006 - Yankees pitcher, Cory Lidle and flight instructor, killed in airplane crash; first beam of the new Freedom Tower placed
- US Airways plane with 155 people on board crash-landed in Hundson River after striking bird on takeoff, all aboard were safe
- Car bomb found parked in Times Square, New York City
- Protests held at Wall Street