|1019 New York map (1)|
Posted on 02.03.2014, 09.07.2014, 10.02.2017
Bordered by New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the south and by Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont to the east, New York State has a maritime border with Rhode Island, as well as an international border with Canada. It is a center for finance and culture, and also the largest gateway for immigration to the United States. Over 100 million Americans can trace their ancestry to the immigrants who first arrived in America through Castle Clinton and Ellis Island. New York City, with a population of over 8.3 million in 2012, is the most populous city in the U.S.A., making up over 40% of the population of the state.
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Both the state and city were named for the 17th century Duke of York, future King James II of England. Its capital city is Albany, officially chartered as a city in 1686 and located on the west bank of the Hudson River, about 16km south of its confluence with the Mohawk River. New York was inhabited by various tribes of Algonquian and Iroquoian at the time when Dutch settlers moved into the region in the early 17th century. In 1609, the region was first claimed by Henry Hudson for the Dutch, and Fort Nassau was built near the site of the present-day capital of Albany in 1614.
|2944 New York flag|
The Dutch soon also settled New Amsterdam and parts of the Hudson River Valley, establishing the colony of New Netherland. The English captured the colony during the Second Anglo-Dutch War and governed it as the Province of New York, of which borders were similar to those of the present-day state. About one third of all the battles of the Revolutionary War took place in New York, which became the 11th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. In contrast with New York City's urban atmosphere, the vast majority of the state's geographic area is dominated by farms, forests, rivers, mountains, and lakes.
The state touches both the Great Lakes (Erie and Ontario, which are connected by the Niagara River) and the Atlantic Ocean. The Great Appalachian Valley dominates eastern state and contains the Lake Champlain Valley as its northern half and the Hudson Valley as its southern half. In general, it has a humid continental climate. The winters are long and cold in the Plateau Divisions of the state. It has the third highest gross state product, after California and Texas. New York City is the leading center of banking, finance, and communication in the U.S. and is the location of the New York Stock Exchange, the largest stock exchange in the world. The state bird is Bluebird, and the flower - rose.
The flag of the state is the coat of arms on a solid blue background. The state seal is the coat of arms surrounded by the words "The Great Seal of the State of New York." The coat of arms was formally adopted in 1778. The shield displays a masted ship and a sloop on the Hudson River (symbols of inland and foreign commerce), bordered by a grassy shore and a mountain range in the background with the sun rising behind it. The shield has two supporters: Liberty, with the Revolutionary imagery of a Phrygian cap raised on a pole, and Justice, wearing a blindfold and holding scales (representing fairness) and a sword.
About the stamps
On the postcard 1019
The first stamp, depicting a Navajo jewelry (2c), is part of the definitives series American Design (2002-2007), about which I wrote here. The second belongs to a series featuring 10 images from vintage flower seed packets, about which I wrote here. The third, depicting Spicebush Swallowtail, is part of a definitive series with butterflies, about which I wrote here.
On the postcard 1135
The first four stamps - depicting a Navajo Necklace (2c / 2006), a Tiffany Lamp (1c / 2002), Chippendale Chair (4c / 2004), and American Toleware (5c / 2004) - are part of the definitives series American Design (2002-2007), about which I wrote here. About the following stamp, featuring a portrait of George Washington, I wrote here. The last two stamps, dedicated to Jimi Hendrix, respetively to Johnny Cash, are part of the series Music Icons, about which I wrote here.
On the postcard 2944
The stamp is a Global Forever one, depicting The Moon, about which I wrote here.
New York - Wikipedia
Sender 1019: Denise
Sent from Greenvale (New York / United States), on 11.02.2014
Sender 1135: Denise
Sent from Greenvale (New York / United States), on 30.05.2014
Sender 2944: Neil / Krazy4Krsna (postcrossing) US-4470073
Sent from Kingston (New York / United States), on 02.02.2017