Happy Birthday (to Who?) on This Week’s State of Greater Western New York Report – December 16, 2021

Happy birthday! Here’s something they never taught you in school. Why do you think that is so? Is it because they didn’t want to give you another excuse for a party? Who’s birthday is it? Watch this week’s episode of The State of Greater Western New York Report and find out why we can thank the Kings of England for this celebration!

Host Chris Carosa, a widely read chronicler of Greater Western New York history, does something your elementary school teachers never did. He reveals how – and the more fascinating story of why – the Greater Western New York Region came to be.

In the first half of the show, he takes you down a centuries-old path that explains the many European nations and kingdoms that once claimed our region. He then lets you in on a little secret: resolving that international mess only made things worse. He explains how various British kings, for whatever reason, granted our area to several different colonies (five in all). By the time of the Revolutionary War, these conflicting claims were whittled down to two soon-to-be states.

During the show’s next segment, Carosa relays the worst-case scenario when states compete for the same land: war. This really happened. Not to us, but between Pennsylvania Pennamites and Connecticut Yankees but before and after (but not during) the Revolutionary War. Worry not, dear audience, for the States of New York and Massachusetts chose a different route, albeit one not entirely legal, though at least it was peaceful.

Our guest happily answered questions from the live audience. In fact, these are probably some of the same questions you had. Would you like to be a member of our live audience so you can ask our guests questions? Click here to join the growing number of members who share your feelings on StateOf.GreaterWesternNewYork.com because then we can automatically send you the link to watch our shows live.

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