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The Battle of Saratoga is considered the turning point of the American Revolution, when the British plan for a three-pronged attack converging on Albany, designed to split New England from the rest of the colonies, was thwarted. The name Saratoga derives from the Mohawk language, either se-rach-ta-ge, the hillside country of the quiet river, or sharatoken, where you get a blister on your heels.

During the 19th century, Saratoga Springs was a watering hole for society and the wealthy, as well as a health resort. Diamond Jim Brady, Lillian Russell, J.P. Morgan, Lilly Langtry and numerous Rockefellers and Vanderbilts were among those who flocked here for horse racing, gambling and general conviviality.

I hope Chief Schenevus (Skuh-NEE-vus) looked better than this picture.

The women's rights convention held in Seneca Falls in 1848 is considered the birth of the feminist movement in the United States. The National Women's Hall of Fame is here.

Every June, high school bands from all over New York State compete here. The town was named for the song Sherburne, composed in 1783 by Daniel Read, and popular in the area.

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Named for the infant son of NY Representative (later Vice President) James Sherman, who was instrumental in obtaining a post office for the town in 1888, Sherrill, with a population of 3200, is the smallest city in New York. It is the home of the main factory of Oneida Ltd., the world's largest manufacturer of steel and silver-plated flatware. The history of both Sherrill and the Oneida firm date back to the utopian Oneida Community of the early 19th century.

The deep salt beds of western New York gave rise to several plants established to process mined salt. The Morton plant in Silver Springs is the oldest producing evaporation salt plant in the US.

The town's claim of "Home of the American Eagle" is apparently based on the bald eagles that nest in the area.

Henry Hudson's attempt to discover a water route through North America ended a few miles north of Stuyvesant where the Hudson River narrows appreciably.

It is generally believed that War of 1812 meat inspector and Revolutionary War veteran Samuel Wilson was the inspiration for the designation of Uncle Sam as the national symbol. Wilson's nickname was Uncle Sam and his stencilling of the initials "U.S." on barrels of approved meat led local soldiers, who recognized the barrels as coming from Troy, to associate U.S. with Uncle Sam.

The Wild Center, established in 2006, is a 31-acre natural history center in this Adirondack resort community. The town was named for Tupper Lake, which memorializes surveyor Ansel Norton Tupper.

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