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Colonial History

As one of the first places in the New World to be settled by European settlers, New York became a hotspot of activity.  From the exploration of early trading routes by Henry Hudson and Samuel de Champlain, to the site of some of the key battles during the Seven Years War between France and England, New York’s rich colonial history can help visitors learn more about our nation’s earliest struggles to find an American identity.
Old Fort Niagara was an important site during the Seven Year War, the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.  Today, visitors can learn about all three conflicts and the important role Western New York played in helping to secure what 18th century colonists considered to be the western frontier.
Visitors can learn about one of the most influential British colonial officials in New York history when they tour Johnson Hall State Historic Site.  Johnson Hall was the home of Sir William Johnson and interprets the everyday life of colonists, their hardships and their triumphs
Path Through History’s Colonial History theme has all this more to offer visitors.  Search our list of sites now in order to plan your trip.


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