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Hudson River history on the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's epic sail


Harry

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Just as a river is considered the lifeblood of any city, within the murky waters of the Hudson flows the history of New York - the great metropolis that began as a little Dutch trading colony named Nieuw Amsterdam.

 

As New York State gets ready to throw a big birthday bash this week for the "oldest" river in the U.S., the boatload of events and exhibits around town aren't just for commemorating Henry Hudson's discovery 400 years ago - they're a celebration of the city itself.

 

It's that historic mix of military conquests and maritime marvels, of infamous murders and modern-day acts of courage, that give the Hudson - and by extension, New York - its unique identity.

 

Flowing 315 miles from a mountain lake in the Adirondacks to where it empties into the Atlantic past Staten Island, the river was first sighted by a European in 1524 - Giovanni da Verrazano, an Italian explorer sailing for the French.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/travel/2009/09/05/2009-09-05_looking_back_at_hudson_river_history_on_the_anniversary_of_henry_hudons_sail.html#ixzz0QGp2rcSo

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