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Fascinating Facts About New York State

New York State is a US state located in the north-eastern region of the country. Albany is the capital city of the state.
Its total area is 141,300 square kilometres. The state's total population is 19.5 million.
Humans arrived here in around 10,000 B.C.
In 1524, Giovanni da Verrazano discovered New York Bay.
In 1624,  the Dutch established a settlement here. Two years later, they purchased Manhattan Island from the native Indians.
In 1664, the English conquered the place and renamed it 'New York'.
On July 26, 1788 New York became a US state. The state has the distinction of being among the original thirteen colonies of USA.
New York State is the US's 3rd most populous state. Only California and Texas have larger populations.
The state boasts of having the tallest building in the western hemisphere namely One World Trade Center. The latter is 1776 feet high.
One of the 7 wonders of the world - the Niagara Falls is located here.
France gifted the Statue of Liberty to the US. This popular attraction is one of New York State's iconic landmarks.
The United Nations is headquartered in New York city.
The New York Public Library is the 3rd largest library in the world. It has a collection of over 50 million books.
Interestingly, New York City was the first capital of USA. George Washington was sworn in as the first American president here in 1789.
The New York Stock Exchange is bigger than any other exchange in the world.
The state is popularly referred to as 'The Empire State'.
Over 800 languages are spoken in the bustling city of New York. The city has the world's most linguistically diverse population.
It was the first US state to make it mandatory to have license plates on vehicles.
New York is the sole US state to share boundaries with the Great Lakes as well as the Atlantic Ocean.
Adirondack Park in New York State is the largest National Park of USA.
The state boasts of the largest city zoo in the country. The Bronx Zoo is home to over 500 species as well as 4000 animals.
The New York state has around 200 colleges and universities, some of which are among the best in the world.
The state contains as many as 58 species of wild orchids.
New York State has had four constitutions. The Constitution of 1894, revised in 1938 and amended over 200 times, remains in place today.

 Prabhakar Pillai

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