As we continue our tour of New England, September 21 brings us to the perfect time to honor National New York Day.
The land now known as New York was populated by the Lenape people (also known as the Delaware Indians). They populated New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and parts of Delaware and Connecticut. The Dutch were the first Europeans to settle the area named New Netherland. Settlements and trading posts up and down the Hudson River. Albany, the state capital, was once called Beverwijck and the center of the fur trade. In 1624, the Dutch established a settlement on Nutten Island named New Amsterdam. Two years later, they would move to Manhattan island and the colony would flourish.
The settlement would exchange hands between the Dutch and British a few times, each time without bloodshed. The first, in 1664, it would be named New York.
When the colonies declared independence and later created the articles of Confederation, it was soon discovered a stronger governing document was needed. While New York sent three delegates to the Constitutional Convention in 1787, only Alexander Hamilton remained to sign the final document. A Federalist, Hamilton held strong opinions that could potentially influence the framing of the young nation’s new governing document. For one, Hamilton supported a life term of service for the President.
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