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New York CountiesThere are 62 counties in the State of New York. The first twelve counties in New York were created immediately after the British annexation of the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, although two of these counties have since been abolished. The most recent county formation in New York was in 1912, when Bronx County was created from the portions of New York City that had been annexed from Westchester County. New York's counties are named for a variety of Native American words, British provinces, cities, and royalty, early American statesmen and generals, and state politicians.
Herkimer County, New York
Herkimer County History, Geography, Demographics, Cities and Towns, and Education
Etymology - Origin of County Name
Named in honor of General Nicholas Herkimer, who died of wounds received at the battle of Oriskany in 1777
County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts
This county was formed from Montgomery, Feb. 16, 1791. Onondaga was taken off in 1794, Oneida and a part of Chenango
in 1798; the present territory of Hamilton co. was taken off and annexed to Montgomery in 1797; parts of Montgomery co.
were annexed April 7, 1817; and parts of Richfield and Plainfield, Otsego co., were annexed in forming Winfield in 1816.
It is centrally distant 80 mi. from Albany, and contains 1,745 sq. mi.
Herkimer County, founded in 1791, once covered a vast section of New York State - eleven counties! It could
appropriately be called the "Mother of the Empire State's Heart Section."
Full History at NYSAC
Herkimer County is in central New York State, northwest of Albany, and east of Syracuse. The northern part of the
county is in the Adirondack Park. The Mohawk River flows across the south part of the county.
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The history of our nation was a prolonged struggle to define the relative roles and powers of our governments: federal, state, and local. And the names given the counties, our most locally based jurisdictions, reflects the "characteristic features of this country!"