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Why is New York State's nickname 'The Empire State'?

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May 19, 2011 10:27PM
In the nineteenth century the word "empire" was often used in this country to suggest economic growth and progress. New York gained that sobriquet because of its great wealth and natural resources.

In 1784, five years before George Washington was inaugurated in New York City as the first president, he envisioned New York as the "seat of empire," thus giving rise to its nickname: The Empire State. New York has completely fulfilled the expectation that Washington expressed to the state's first governor, George Clinton.