This Day in History: July 26, 1788
New York, the Empire State, the Excelsior State, the Knickerbocker State
New York is called “The Empire State” because of its wealth and variety of resources. This nickname appeared on New York license plates from 1951 through the mid-1960s. In 2001, “The Empire State” legend returned to New York license plates. It’s nickname the Excelsior State comes from the motto of New York, “Excelsior.” New York’s motto means “ever upward.” The nickname, the Knickerbocker State, comes from the pants worn by early Dutch settlers in New York. “Knickerbocker” is a German term made up of two words. “Knicker” means box and “bock” is a male goat. This term was promoted in Washington Irving’s character, Diedrich Knickerbocker in “Knickerbocker History of New York.”
New York became the 11th state to ratify the United States Constitution, on July 26, 1788. Aerial America features New York’s Adirondack Park: Covering 20 percent of New York’s total territory
Adirondack Park is the largest area of protected wilderness in the continental United States and New York: Niagara Falls: Carved by the epic force of melting glacial ice, Niagara Falls instills awe through its natural majesty and its raw power.