By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (July 26, 2021) – In Issue 2021-142 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we celebrate the 11th State of the United States.

New York

New York became the 11th state of the US in 1788 on this day.

This is a rather diverse state in most every way.  It is home to the Algonquian and Iroquois Confederacy, early Dutch, French, and English settlers, followed by immigrants from everywhere.  The United Nations being headquartered here is fitting. 

New York is “bottom-heavy” in population distribution with about two-thirds living in metro New York City.

This state is also home to the Finger Lakes and its wineries, Niagara Falls, and the “miracle on ice” with the US hockey team defeating the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid.

Here is Johnson’s 1865 map of the Empire State surrounded by city maps.

1865 map of the Empire State (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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