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The state also has some 8,000 lakes and 9 major rivers.The Hudson and Mohawk rivers have played the most important roles in the state’s history, but the Genesee and Oswego, flowing northward into Lake Ontario, also have been important.In the northeast the Adirondack upland is characterized by the highest and most rugged mountains in the state, reaching 5,344 feet (1,629 metres) at Mount Marcy and 5,114 feet (1,559 metres) at Algonquin Peak of Mount Mc Intyre.With the exception of some forestry activities, the region’s main economic value is for recreation.However, the overwhelming presence of New York City has tended to divide the state socially and politically, causing long-standing problems for both the city and the state. Population (2010) 19,378,102; (2018 est.) 19,542,209. Although New York state is inextricably linked with New York City in many people’s minds, the state has a wide range of geographic and climatic conditions.During at least a part of the last Ice Age, most of New York was covered by glaciers; the only exceptions were southern Long Island, Staten Island, and the far southwestern corner of the state.The Delaware, Susquehanna, and Allegheny drain the southern and western portions of the state and provide a large part of New York City’s water supply.
Hudson-Mohawk Lowland follows the Hudson River north from New York City to Albany and then turns west along the Mohawk River.
A small finger of the eastern Piedmont region juts up from New Jersey for some distance along the west bank of the Hudson.
Appalachian Highlands, the largest region in New York, comprises about one-half of the state, extending westward from the Hudson valley to the state’s southern and western boundaries.
Because of the moderating influence of the lakes on the weather, the region has become an important fruit-growing area.
Between the lake lowlands and the western reaches of the Adirondacks and north of Oneida Lake lies the Among New York’s special geographic features are its two major shorelines: some 130 miles (210 km) bordering the Atlantic and 370 miles (600 km) on Lakes Erie and Ontario; in addition, the western shore of Lake Champlain stretches along the northeast corner of the state.
Both the New England and the Southern colonies had a great deal more to do with the movement toward revolution and with stabilizing the new country during its early decades than did New York, but, once the state’s growth got under way, it attained a breakneck pace.