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New York During the Revolution - Tour
Date:Saturday, June 10, 2017
The American Revolution is a story of such daring and courage that it is still invoked everywhere. Every day New Yorkers pass by remnants of its desperation and its glory: damage caused by inspired patriots, a final remaining symbol of British authority, traces that led to the hanging of a schoolteacher who regretted that he had but one life to give. 

Charrings from a great fire as the British took over show the direction of the blaze and suggest how St. Paul's Church survived to become home base for the rescue workers of 9/11. It was one of two great fires that left most of the city in ruins. "New York is destroyed," said George Washington at the end of the war, "but its future greatness is certain." 

We'll see the site of his emotional farewell and of his glorious return six years later. 

The great statue in the harbor also has much to say about the conduct of the Revolution, and how the horribly overmatched Americans (see GW letter in black ink, below) eventually won. So do the world's first combat combat submarine and a metal chain protecting the colonies' most vital waterway. The Hudson River played a key role in a victory so stunning that upon surrender the British band played "The World Turned Upside Down."
To the Congress: 
I can now report with some certainty that the eve of battle is near at hand. Toward this end I have ordered the evacuation of Manhattan and directed our defenses to take up stronger positions on the Brooklyn Heights. 

At the present time my forces consist entirely of (Colonel) Haslet's Delaware militia and (General) Smallwood's Marylanders - a total of 5000 troops to stand against 25,000 of the enemy, and I begin to notice that many of us are lads under 15 and old men, none of whom could truly be called soldiers. 

One personal note to Mr. Lewis Morris of New York: I must regretfully report that his estates have been totally destroyed, but that I have taken the liberty of transporting Mrs. Morris and eight of the children to Connecticut in safety. The four older boys are now enlisted in the Continental Army. 

As I write these words the enemy is plainly in sight beyond the river. How it will end only Providence can direct, but dear God what brave men I shall lose before this business ends.
Your obedient, 
G. Washington

Fee: $30 per person
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Early New York - Tour
Date:Saturday, June 10, 2017
Description:What was New York when the Europeans arrived? Who came? What was here and what did they do with it?

Manhattan became a base of operations because of a combination of features found nowhere else: a vast harbor, an ice-free port, hills and valleys offering both protection from enemies and access to the interior.... In the 1660's a man wrote back to Europe, "It is as though God intends the trade of the world to locate here," and in the 1780's, when New York was home to a mere 25,000, George Washington said it was destined to become the great city of the world.

Remnants of these hills, streams and forests suggest the influence of pristine Manhattan on the city, the nation and the world.

And what of the founders? The Dutch left the area 350 years ago but their imprint remains an active influence, their worldview an indelible part of the city. Dutch use of the resources that made New York's rise a certainty affects and even determines our actions to the present day.

Fee: $30
For more information please call (862) 226-1244. Here's your link to register: local-expeditions.com/expeditions/early-new-York/

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