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Dutch West India Company established the first settlement at Fort
Orange near present day Albany in 1624 and another in New Amsterdam
on the site of present day Manhattan a year later.
After the English
took over in the 1660s, the colony was renamed New York, after the
Duke of York.
One of the original 13 states to
join the Union (it entered in 1788), New York is known as the
The state includes everything from
skyscrapers in Manhattan to rivers, mountains, and lakes in upstate
Today, New York has the third largest population (after
California and Texas), and remains the financial center of the
The state flower is the rose, and
the capital is Albany.
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