Diabetes Awareness Campaign: Trekking Along the Erie Canal.
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Albany
The Throne of the Empire
During my college days I had lots of friends and classmates from many parts of New York. I soon learned that there were two different New Yorks. The people from Manhattan and the other four boroughs of New York City referred to themselves as New Yorkers while they derisively spoke of upstate as one would the boondocks. In fact if you asked one where he was from he might just say “the City.”
These snobs failed to consider that if it weren’t for the Erie Canal and people of the rest of the state, New York City would not have become the marketplace of the world. Without the canal, New York City would have been just another seaport city such as Boston, Newport, Philadelphia and Baltimore.
Because of its resources, New York earned the nickname of the Empire State. Indeed, the capital region of Albany, Schenectady, and Troy were the heart of the Empire. Albany is the fourth oldest city in the present day United States (behind Santa Fe, St. Augustine, and Hampton, Virginia).
The first European to reach the area was the Dutch explorer Henry Hudson who sailed up river from the Atlantic in 1609. In 1614 the Dutch established Fort Nassau nearby to encourage the fur trade. Ten years later another stronghold, Fort Orange, was built where the capital city is now. The English took possession in 1664 and renamed it Albany.
Governor Dewitt Clinton.
Governor Dewitt Clinton
It was in Albany in 1811 when, after many years of lobbying by Governor Dewitt Clinton, the Legislature approved the first expenditure of $15,000 of a project which eventually cost $4.9 million—the building of the Erie Canal.
 
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