Founded by the Dutch as New Amsterdam in the early 17th century and later established as British colony, New York distinguished itself as the most culturally diverse of the nation's thirteen colonies and a colonial leader in politics, commerce and culture. New York's rich colonial history, on display at museums and historic homes with costumed guides, can help visitors learn more about our nation's earliest struggles to forge a uniquely American identity.
Gen. Benedict Arnold forced the British to retreat in Stillwater. Burgoyne surrendered, the first major victory for the Americans, convincing the French to support the fledgling nation. This... more