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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.
Ulster County, New York
Ulster County History, Geography, and Demographics
Etymology - Origin of County Name
Namedfor the Duke of York's earldom in Ireland
County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts
Ulster County, an original county, was organized in 1683. It is from New York centrally distant N. 110, and from
Albany S. 60 miles. Greatest length E. and W. 50, breadth N. and S. 40 miles. The face of the country is mountainous.
The Shawangunk mountain enters the county from Orange, and running NE. nearly 30 miles, sinks into low and irregular
hills in Hurley; but its continuity is preserved to Kingston near the Hudson. Northward of that village it again rises,
until it is
Ulster County is one of the original counties of the State of New York, having been formed by order to the Duke of York on November 1, 1683. The county was named for the younger brother of King Charles, who held the Irish title of the Duke of Ulster. Kingston, the present county seat, was founded by Dutch settlers in 1653 led by Captain Thomas Chambers (awk, maybe reword to: was founded in 1653 by Dutch settlers led by Captain Thomas Chambers). It was called Wiltwyck at that time. Another settlement in Ulster worthy of mention was New Paltz, founded by French Huguenots in 1678. Full History at NYSAC
Ulster County is in the southeast part of New York State, south of Albany, immediately west of the Hudson River.
Much of the county is within the Catskill Mountains and the Shawangunk Ridge. Ulster County also has Sam's Point
Preserve, which includes rare dwarf pine trees and VerKeerderkill falls.
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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!"