The great state of New York
became the 11th state in the Union on
July 26, 1788. Its state capital is Albany. It was named New
York to honor of the Duke of York (York is a city in England).
The harbor of New York was visited by Verrazano in 1524,
and the Hudson River was first explored by Henry Hudson in 1609. The
Dutch settled in New York in 1624 and for 40 years they ruled over
the colony of New Netherlands. The colony was conquered by the
English in 1664 and it was then named New York in honor of the Duke of
New York declared its independence from Great Britain on
July 9, 1776, becoming one of the original 13 states of the Federal Union.
On April 20, 1777, New York's first constitution was adopted.
Many battles were fought in New York State during the
Revolutionary War. Approximately one-third of the skirmishes and
engagements of the war were fought on New York soil. The Battle of
Saratoga was a turning point during the Revolutionary War. It lead
to a French alliance and to eventual victory. New York City, long
occupied by British troops, was evacuated on November 25, 1783. New
York City became the first capital of the United States, where President
George Washington was inaugurated on April 30, 1789.
The Statue of Liberty is located on
Liberty Island in New York Harbor; it was a gift from the government of
Name of Emblem/Symbol
"Excelsior" (Ever Upwards)
The Empire State
Common Snapping Turtle
Complete the questions below.
1. New York became the 11th
state in the Union on July 26,
2. The state tree is the
3. "Excelsior," the state
motto, means ().
4. The state flower is the
5. The state bird is the .
is located on Liberty Island in New York Harbor.
7. New York was named in honor of the
8. Garnet is the state
9. The common Snapping Turtle is the state .
10. The Bay Scallop is the state
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