New York Counties
New York CountiesThere are 62 counties in the State of New York. The first twelve counties in New York were created immediately after the British annexation of the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, although two of these counties have since been abolished. The most recent county formation in New York was in 1912, when Bronx County was created from the portions of New York City that had been annexed from Westchester County. New York's counties are named for a variety of Native American words, British provinces, cities, and royalty, early American statesmen and generals, and state politicians.
Clinton County, New York
Clinton County History, Geography, and Demographics
Etymology - Origin of County Name
Clinton County named in honor of George Clinton, first governor of the state.
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When counties were established in New York State in 1683, the present Clinton County was part of Albany County. This
was an enormous county, including the northern part of New York State as well as all of the present State of Vermont
and, in theory, extending westward to the Pacific Ocean. This county was reduced in size on July 3, 1766 by the creation
of Cumberland County, and further on March 16, 1770, by the creation of Gloucester County, both containing territory now
in Vermont. On March 12, 1772, what was left of Albany County was split into three parts, one remaining under the name
Albany County. One of the other pieces, Charlotte County, contained the eastern portion.
Clinton County in the north easternmost corner of New York State bordering Canada on the north and Lake Champlain
on the east borders the great invasion route, the Kyber Pass of the North American Continent. This north-south
route: this depression in the Appalachian Chain between the rich coastal plain of the Atlantic Seaboard and the
arterial St Lawrence and Great Lakes giving access to the heart of the American Continent is just one half mile off
our shores. Geography predestines the history of an area and our geographical location has given our Clinton County
a heritage in historical events that shaped the early United States of America.
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Clinton County is in the northeastern part of New York State, just west of Vermont and south of the Canadian
province of Quebec. The eastern boundary of Clinton County is Lake Champlain, which serves as the New York-Vermont
border. The Ausable River forms a large part of the south county line.
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The history of our nation was a prolonged struggle to define the relative roles and powers of our governments: federal, state, and local. And the names given the counties, our most locally based jurisdictions, reflects the "characteristic features of this country!"