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    State of New York
    Nickname The Empire State
    Capital Albany
    Largest city New York City
    Population 19.8M (Rank:4)
    Governor Andrew Cuomo (D)

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    Fourth most populous state
    From 1805 until California surpassed it in 1962, New York state was the most populous state in the United States. Currently, New York state is the fourth most populous state in the United States.

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    Niagara Falls
    Niagara Falls, New York is the oldest state-promoted tourist attraction in the United States. In 1885, New York State acquired property around Niagara Falls and established the first state park in the United States calling it 'Niagara Reservation'. Contrary to the popular belief, Niagara Falls is not the highest waterfall in the USA. It is not even the highest waterfall in New York State! Taughannock Falls is the tallest single-drop waterfall in the state of New York. Yet, Niagara Falls is the most visited waterfall in the world.

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    New Netherland
    New York harbor was visited by Giovanni Verrazano in 1524, and the Hudson River was first explored by Henry Hudson in 1609. In 1624, the Dutch settled in the area that is now called 'New York State' and ruled it for 40 years as 'New Netherland'. It was conquered by the English in 1664 and was then named New York in honor of the Duke of York (who later became King of England and Ireland as James II and King of Scotland as James VII)

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    America's Battleground
    New York State was the principal battleground of many battles of the Revolutionary War. British troops were driven out of New York City on November 25, 1783. On December 4, 1783, at Fraunces Tavern in New York City, General George Washington bade farewell to his officers, officially ending the Revolutionary War.

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    American Heritage River
    The Hudson River, named an American Heritage River by the U.S. government, is the longest river that flows entirely through New York State. The river is named after Henry Hudson, an Englishman sailing for the Dutch East India Company, who explored it in 1609. Dutch explorers first named it Mauritius River, in honor of Prince Maurice of Nassau. The Dutch called the river the North River (Noortrivier)

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    Biggest gold storage
    The largest gold storage in the world is in the basement of the Federal Reserve Bank in New York. About 60 countries use the facility to store their gold.

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    From France...with love
    The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the French people commemorating the alliance of France and the United States during the American Revolution and 100 years of American independence. The statue was shipped as 350 pieces in 214 crates aboard the French naval vessel Isère and it reached New York harbor on June 17, 1885. The assembled statue on the Bedloe's Island (now named Liberty Island) was dedicated on October 28, 1886 by President Grover Cleveland
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