May 25, 2006

A bit from "If Winners Write History, New York Trumps Jamestown," by Sam Roberts in today's New York Times:

Perhaps it slipped your mind, but 2009 is the 400th anniversary of the voyage of [Henry] Hudson up the river that would within a few years bear his name. It's also 400 years since [Samuel de] Champlain sailed down his lake upstate. The 200th anniversary of Robert Fulton's inaugural steamboat voyage up the Hudson in 1807 is also being marked in 2009.

I wonder why Fulton's feat is to be commemorated two years late?


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