State of New York History

Lesson Summary:

A lesson on the state of New York. The reading is accompanied by true/false questions.


To introduce students to salient features about the state of New York and its history.

Subject Area:

American History: New York
American History: New Amsterdam
American History: Iroquois League

Lesson Excerpt:

New York, one of the original thirteen colonies, is located in the northeastern portion of the United States. Although New York State is a major state in population and economic influence, it has only a small coast along the Atlantic Ocean around the mouth of the Hudson River. Staten Island and Long Island, both situated in the Atlantic Ocean, belong to New York. New York’s neighbors are Pennsylvania and New Jersey to the south; Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont to the east; and Canada to the north and west. Lake Champlain forms part of the border between Upstate New York and Vermont and the St. Lawrence River defines part of the western boundary with Canada. The western edge of New York also borders on two of the Great Lakes, Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.

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