Two Minute Tour of New York: 50 States for Kids – FreeSchool


You’re watching FreeSchool! New York, also called the Empire State, became
the eleventh state when it ratified the Constitution on July 26, 1788. New York was originally
the US national capital, and was the site of George Washington’s first inauguration, but by
1792 the capital had moved to Philadelphia. Historically, New York played a major role
in immigration to the United States as a popular entry point for people traveling from Europe.
More than 12 million immigrants passed through the inspection stations on Ellis Island from
1892 until it closed in 1954. Today, New York has the third-highest population
of any state in the US, thanks largely to the presence of New York City, which has the
highest population of any city in the country. New York City is the home of many famous landmarks
such as the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and Times Square. Not all
of New York is urban, however. Adirondack Park is the largest protected area in the
lower 48 states, larger than Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National
Parks put together. Here’s a little bit more about New York. I hope you enjoyed learning about New York,
the Empire State.

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