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New York State History Trivia

What do you know about New York State History?
Try this Alan's State by State Quiz.
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

Trivia powered by Prof. Walter1. The western part of New York had been settled by the six nations of a American Indian confederacy for at least 500 years before the first Europeans came.
What was the American Indian confederacy ?

  • Iroquois
  • Monarch
  • Lakota

2. Who was the first European explorer to enter New York Harbor, in 1524?

  • John Cabot
  • Henry Hudson
  • Giovanni da Verrazzano

3. New Netherland, or Nieuw-Nederland in Dutch, was the seventeenth-century colonial province of the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands on the northeastern coast of North America.

  • True or False?

4. In 1663 who purchased the grant of Long Island and other islands on the New England coast, which had been made in 1635 to the Earl of Stirling?

  • Prince of Wales
  • Duke of York
  • Earl of Morgan

5. In 1710 Queen Anne's government had arranged the transport of about 2800 European refugees in ten ships from London to New York. Manhattan then had a population of only 6,000.
Who were these European refugees?

  • Lorne French
  • Northern Irish
  • Palatine German

6. The capture of what fort provided the cannon and gunpowder necessary to force a British withdrawal from the Siege of Boston in 1775?

  • Fort Erie
  • Fort Iroquois
  • Fort Ticonderoga

7. In 1780, who unsuccessfully attempted to turn West Point over to the British, a move that would have given the British control of the Hudson Valley?

  • George Washington
  • Aaron Burr
  • Benedict Arnold

8. What was the canal derisively called "Clinton's Ditch" or worse, "Clinton's Folly," the canal was finally completed in 1825.

  • Hudson Canal
  • Pike's Canal
  • Erie Canal

9. The New York Draft Riots (July 11 to July 16, 1863; known at the time as "Draft Week"), were violent disturbances in New York City that were the culmination of discontent with new laws passed by Congress to draft men to fight in the ongoing American Civil War.

  • True or False?

10. Who was the 33rd Governor of New York from January 1, 1899 to December 31, 1900?

  • William Howard Taft
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Franklin Roosevelt
Check Your Answers

New York State History

  1. Iroquois
  2. Giovanni da Verrazzano
  3. True
  4. Duke of York
  5. Palatine German
  6. Fort Ticonderoga
  7. Benedict Arnold
  8. Erie Canal
  9. True
  10. Theodore Roosevelt
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