New York City

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New York City

Area: 304.6 miles squared Population: 8.406 millionGorvenrment Type: Mayor-CouncilMayor: Bill de BlasioNYC is the most populous city in the United States. The city has significant impact on commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment.

New York City had strategic location and status as a major seaport during the American War for Independence. It was the prime target for British seizure in 1776. General George Washington lost a series of battles from which he narrowly escaped and the British Army controlled New York City and made it their base on the continent until late 1783 when the war ended. The city served as the national capital under the Articles of Confederation from 1785-1789, and briefly served as the new nation's capital in 1789–90 under the United States Constitution that replaced it. Under the new government the city hosted the inauguration of George Washington as the first President of the United States, the drafting of the United States Bill of Rights, and the first Supreme Court of the United States. The opening of the Erie Canal gave excellent steamboat connections with upstate New York and the Great Lakes, along with coastal traffic to lower New England, making the city the preeminent port on the Atlantic Ocean. The arrival of rail connections to the north and west in the 1840s and 1850s strengthened its central role.Beginning in the mid-19th century, waves of new immigrants arrived from Europe, dramatically changing the composition of the city and serving as workers in the expanding industries. Modern New York City traces its development to the consolidation of the five boroughs in 1898 and an economic and building boom following the Great Depression and World War II. Throughout its history, New York City has served as a main port of entry for many immigrants, and its cultural and economic influence has made it one of the most important urban areas in the United States and the world.

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