History of New York

Try to answer these questions about the history of the state of New York.
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Last updated: October 17, 2017
First submittedMay 25, 2017
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What became the world's tallest building when it was completed in 1931?
Empire State Building
What country gave the Statue of Liberty to the United States?
What was the name of New York City when it was a Dutch colony?
New Amsterdam
What 1969 music festival took place on a farm near the town of Bethel?
What African-American neighborhood had a literary "Renaissance" in the 1920s?
What worldwide event started on Wall Street in October, 1929?
The Great Depression
What buildings were built in 1973 and destroyed in 2001?
World Trade Center
What New York City mayor of the 1990s is often credited with reducing crime in the city?
Rudy Giuliani
What railroad and shipping tycoon was one of the world's richest people when he died in 1877?
Cornelius Vanderbilt
Who was mayor of New York City from 1934-1945? (Hint: an airport is named for him)
Fiorello La Guardia
What two battles of 1777 are called the "turning point" of the Revolutionary War
because they convinced the French to help the U.S.?
Battles of Saratoga
What confederation consists of six Native American tribes, including the Mohawk and Oneida?
What corrupt political machine was led by Boss Tweed in the 1860s?
Tammany Hall
What game's modern rules were invented by Alexander Cartwright in 1845?
What canal, completed in 1825, connected the Hudson River to the Great Lakes?
Erie Canal
Who was the only President to be inaugurated in New York City?
George Washington
What Armonk, New York company dominated the computer industry in the 1960s and 70s?
What was the fourth most populous city in the United States when it
was annexed by New York City in 1898?
What served as the gateway to over 12 million immigrants between 1892 and 1954?
Ellis Island
Who was assassinated by an anarchist in Buffalo in 1901?
William McKinley
Level 72
May 25, 2017
"Depression" without "The Great..." should count in my opinion. Nice quiz!
Level ∞
May 26, 2017
Level 57
Oct 16, 2017
That's true. "Depression" could refer to my "butt chin."
Level 90
May 26, 2017
Just me being a Canadian History nerd, Haudenosaunee should also be acceptable for the confederacy of 6 nations,
Level 75
Jun 19, 2017
The what?
Level 57
Oct 16, 2017
It would take all 6 tribes to remember how to spell it.
Level 15
Jun 7, 2020
If a large number of quizzers can remember how to spell Kyrgyzstan, they can handle it.
Level 69
Oct 16, 2017
You should accept "centre" as well as "center".
Level 46
Oct 16, 2017
The name was Nieuw Amsterdam at the time, not New Amsterdam.
Level 73
Oct 16, 2017
nieuw amsterdam works. tried it to be able to nitpick about it, but it works fine.
Level 58
Oct 17, 2017
Chester A. Arthur was also inaugurated in New York after James Garfield was assassinated. Also I believe Brooklyn was the third most populated city in the U.S. at the time of the consolidation (I was a tour guide in NYC for fourteen years).
Level 49
Oct 17, 2017
I can vouch for the President Arthur fact. It's pretty interesting!
Level 78
Mar 29, 2019
I'm not sure about the Brooklyn ranking, but the Chester Arthur issue is entirely correct. He was sworn in at his home by a justice of the New York supreme court and repeated the oath when he returned to Washington, but for all intents and purposed the most important ceremony happened in New York.
Level 45
Oct 17, 2017
I got a lot that I typed as a joke, such as Great Depression, McKinley, Washington, and Brooklyn. I'm pretty sure that the White House wasn't yet built when Washington became president, so that would make sense.
Level 84
Apr 10, 2018
Though the White House usually has nothing to do with inaugurations, which are done at the Capitol (which also did not exist at the time of Washington's inauguration).
Level 60
Dec 11, 2019
As a New Yorker, I felt this quiz about the entire state was very focused on NYC, not NYS as a whole
Level 15
Jun 7, 2020
I don't understand why Haudenosaunee isn't an acceptable answer. Elsewhere on the site, I can type Eswatini or Swaziland, Cote D'Ivoire or Ivory Coast, Czechia or Czech Republic, Burma or Myanmar. Clearly, JetPunk widely supports self-determination in the names of nations. Yet here I have to type Iroquois, and the actual name of the confederacy isn't accepted.