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ID: 7014282
 

Record Type: administrative
Hierarchy of Poughkeepsie (inhabited place)  Poughkeepsie (inhabited place)

Coordinates:
Lat: 41 42 00 N  degrees minutes   Lat: 41.7000  decimal degrees
Long: 073 55 00 W  degrees minutes   Long: -73.9167  decimal degrees

Note: Located on Hudson River; first Europeans to settle here were Dutch in 17th cen.; grew as a river grain port, but declined after completion of Erie Canal in 1825; has since developed as a manufacturing center.

Names:
Poughkeepsie (preferred,C,V)  ............ name is derived from Amerindian word meaning "waterfall"

Hierarchical Position:
Hierarchy of World (facet)    World (facet)
Hierarchy of North and Central America (continent)  ....  North and Central America (continent) (P)
Hierarchy of United States (nation)  ........  United States (nation) (P)
Hierarchy of New York (state)  ............  New York (state) (P)
Hierarchy of Dutchess (county)  ................  Dutchess (county) (P)
Hierarchy of Poughkeepsie (inhabited place)  ....................  Poughkeepsie (inhabited place) (P)

Place Types:
inhabited place (preferred, C)  ............  settled by Dutch in 1683
town (C)
county seat (C)
port (C)
manufacturing center (C)  ............  for famed Smith Brothers cough drops since ca. 1850, also assembles computers & makes chemicals, dairy equipment & clothing
commercial center (C)
educational center (C)  ............  Vassar College was founded in 1861; town is also home to several other colleges
state capital (H)  ............  in 1777
political center (H)  ............  federal Constitution was ratified here in 1788

Sources and Contributors:
Poughkeepsie..........  [BHA, GRLPSC, VP Preferred]
.......................  Barber, Pictorial History of NY (1846)
.......................  Canby, Historic Places (1984) II, 754
.......................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) IX, 647
.......................  USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS36021763
.......................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
Subject: .....  [BHA, GRLPSC, VP]
..................  Barber, Pictorial History of NY (1846)
..................  Canby, Historic Places (1984) II, 754
..................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) IX, 647
..................  USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS36021763
..................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
 
Note:
English .......... [VP]

 

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