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January 8, 2014

To The Reader’s Forum: I picked New York for my 5th grade state report because your state is historical, factual, and amazin....

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Jan-09-14 1:12 PM

New York has declined in some way over the last few years, but it is still a beautiful and varied state. There is much to see and do all over New York State. The people who live here still love it and are proud to be New Yorkers.

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Jan-09-14 1:10 PM

It was George Washington who named new York "The Empire State", because of its strategic position between New England and the rest of the country, during the Revolution. New York during much of its history has indeed been like an empire. It has produced enormous amounts of wealth. It was the most populous state until California went way past it some years ago. Now it's in pretty much a three way tie for second with Florida and Texas. It's still a beautiful state with amazing geographical variety. It has three "arms" that stick out in different directions, so you can drove from Montauk Point at the tip of Long Island, and drive about 550 miles before you reach Ripley NY, at the very western and of the state. New York has several important wilderness reserves and parks, the most important of which is the Adirondack Park. It is bigger than Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and Great Smokies National Parks combined.

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Jan-09-14 12:58 PM

Because New York Harbor was so good, and had that access to the rest of the country, New York became the prime center for immigration for all European immigrants. That's why Ellis Island is so famous. New York became the biggest and richest city in the country. This led to lots of other problems like corruption. Boss Tweed in the 1870s was the most famous crooked politician of his time. It also led to New York becoming one of the most important cultural centers in the country. Because of the Erie Canal, and later the railroads, a series of major cities grew up across the entire state of New York. These included Albany, Schenectady and Troy, at the top of the Hudson River, and Utica, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo along the "Northern Tier" of western New York, and Binghamton, Elmira, and Jamestown along the Southern Tier. These were all mighty industrial centers in their day.

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Jan-09-14 12:50 PM

Some good movies to see about NY State history: Drums Along the Mohawk (about the American Revolution), The Farmer Takes a Wife (about the Erie Canal), A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (about American immigrant experience), and many others. New York became important because it has the only access to the interior of America along the whole east coast. Aside from the Hudson River, which connects to the Mohawk River, and the Great Lakes, the whole rest of the East was hemmed in by mountains. And because of this access route, New York City became inevitably tied to the rest of the state. In 1820 Governor Dewitt Clinton built the Erie Canal (with the help of thousands of laborers), and that increased the traffic and commerce and economic development of the whole country, as well as New York State.

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Jan-08-14 11:56 PM

It's one of the biggest corrupted states you will ever wright about

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Jan-08-14 12:26 PM

Unfortunately the evidence clearly indicates that there's VERY few of those "smart" people running the place.

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Jan-08-14 10:35 AM

in spite of the nay sayers NYS has (next to the state of Mass.) the smartest prople in the union. Good luck on your project!

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Jan-08-14 9:02 AM

New York is a very large state, much like Washington. A large number of people only think of New York City when the name New York comes up; this would be akin to only thinking of Seattle when someone mentions Washington. New York has many mountains, the Finger Lakes, borders two Great Lakes (Erie and Ontario), and has a vast wealth of agricultural areas too. The state is generally considered a quite cool and wet climate, with very severe winters compared to much of the nation. The economy in New York is often a sore spot for many residents, with very high taxes causing many to relocate to other states. Good luck with your project!

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