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New York State
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     challenging words:    blizzard-like, upstate, inscription, jets, majority, production, ranks, icons, influx, economic, various, military, ports, terrorist, generally, killing
     content words:    York State, United States, Empire State, George Washington, New York, New York City, New York State, York City, Dutch West India Company, Peter Minuit


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New York State
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     The state of New York is located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. It is commonly called the Empire State. George Washington is believed to have coined this phrase while predicting New York would become part of a new empire.
 
2     Although most people think of New York City when imagining New York State, the majority of New York is rural. Various landforms can be found throughout New York. Many are the result of glaciers, and others are the result of lava. Plains, plateaus, hills, valleys, mountains, and islands can all be found in New York. Lakes and rivers are also numerous here.
 
3     New York generally has a humid climate. Variations do occur with temperatures. The Adirondack area averages about 100 days a year without frost while New York City averages around 200. The state normally receives 40 inches of rain a year. The area from Buffalo to the Adirondacks is known for its blizzard-like storms.
 
4     New York has a rich history. After glaciers finally retreated thousands of years ago, the Paleo-Indians could be found there. A long time after that, Algonquian and Iroquois tribes became prominent. Meanwhile, explorers such as Verrazano, Champlain, and Hudson looked over the area. In 1624, the Dutch West India Company sent out colonists. Peter Minuit bought Manhattan with trinkets valued at $24. Later, England decided to claim the area. Various wars broke out between the English and Native Americans as well as the French.
 
5     During the Revolutionary War, one-third of the military engagements were fought in New York. After victory, New York became the 11th state in 1788. New York City even became a temporary national capital from 1785 to 1790.

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