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Long Island form the souteasternmost port of the state of New York. It is separated from Connecticut by Long Island Sound and borders the Atlantic Ocean on the south. The southern shore is considerably flatter than the north. The western section of Long Island is included in New York City, and bridges connected Long Island with the island of Manhattan as well as the borough of The Bronx.

At the time that Henry Hudson discovered Long Island, its inhabitants were 13 tribes of the Algonquin group of Indians. They knew the island as Panmancke, Wamponomon, Mautowacks and Sewanhacky. French Protestants from near the river Waal in the Netherlands were the first settlers, arriving around 1625 under Dutch protection. Not long afterwards, immigrants from New England began to settle in various locations.

Known as Lange Eylandt during Dutch rule, the name was changed to Nassau by the colonial legislature. Although the inhabitants did not accept that as the name of the island, the name survives in Nassau County.

A good deal of military activity took place during the American Revolution, and the Battle of Long Island stands as the major engagement during that conflict.

When Charles A. Lindbergh took off on the first solo trans-Atlantic flight on May 20, 1927, it was from Roosevelt Field in Garden City on Long Island.- - - Books You May Like Include: ----

A History of the Connecticut River by Wick Griswold.
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A History of the Connecticut River by Wick Griswold.

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A History of the Connecticut River by Wick Griswold.
Paddle from Enfield Rapids to Long Island Sound and travel down one of America’s most famous waterways—the Connecticut River. Its calm waters conceal ...
Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island by Howard Kroplick, Florence Ogg.
“Chain your dogs and lock up your fowls!” heralded posters announcing the first international road race in the United States and the first of the six ...
1938 Hurricane Along New England's Coast by Joseph Soares.
The Hurricane of 1938 was one of the most devastating storms to strike New England’s Atlantic coast. It forever changed the landscapes of cities and t...
The Long Island Motor Parkway by Howard Kroplick, Al Velocci.
A forerunner of the modern highway system, the Long Island Motor Parkway was constructed during the advent of the automobile and at a pivotal time in ...
MAYDAY! Shipwrecks, Tragedies & Tales from Long Island's Eastern Shore by Van R. Field.
Since the mid-1600s, eastern Long Island's shoals, sandbars and assorted submerged hazards have caused many an unlucky vessel to shipwreck. In this co...
Samuel Smedley, Connecticut Privateer by Jackson Kuhl.
From the shores of Long Island Sound to the high seas of the West Indies, against British warships and letters of marque, Samuel Smedley left a stream...
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
In 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald announced his decision to write "something new--something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterne...
The President Is a Sick Man: Wherein the Supposedly Virtuous Grover Cleveland Survives a Secret Surgery at Sea and Vilifies the Courageous Newspaperman Who Dared Expose the Truth by Matthew Algeo.
On July 1, 1893, President Grover Cleveland vanished. He boarded a friend’s yacht, sailed into the calm blue waters of Long Island Sound, and--poof!--...