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1(also New York State)A state in the northeastern US; population 19,490,297 (est. 2008); capital, Albany. It stretches from the Canadian border and Lake Ontario in the northwest to the Atlantic Ocean in the east. Originally settled by the Dutch, it was surrendered to the British in 1664 and became one of the original thirteen states of the Union, ratifying the US Constitution in 1788.
2(also New York City)A major city and port in southeastern New York, situated on the Atlantic coast at the mouth of the Hudson River; population 8,363,710 (est. 2008). It is situated mainly on islands, linked by bridges, and consists of five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island. Manhattan is the economic and cultural heart of the city, containing the stock exchange on Wall Street and the headquarters of the United Nations.Former name (until 1664) New Amsterdam
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