New York

A Northern Colony

The Founding of New York

Founder: The Dutch


Why was it founded? For trade and profits

New York Census

Colonial Population (1790): 340,120


Number of Slaves (1790): 21, 324

Colonial Conflicts and Economy

European and Indian conflicts ranged from cultural exchange to trading of goods


Mixed Farming and Fur Trade


For of Government

Pre-Rev: Self government


Post-Rev: Centralized government

Role in the American Revolution

New York played a crucial political and strategic role during the American Revolution


  • Battle of Fort Ticonderoga
  • Battle of Long Island
  • Battle of Yorktown

Role in the American Constitution

  • 11th state to ratify the Constitution
  • Longest ratification message; included a declaration of rights and many suggested changes


Interesting Fact

It is estimated that up to 40% of Americans can trace at least one ancestor that passed through Ellis Island on their journey to becoming a United States Citizen.