Monday, November 06, 2006

Readers of Law Pundit : The Finger Lakes District in New York State, USA

According to Google Analytics, our blog LawPundit has numerous readers from the Finger Lakes District in New York State. Indeed, together with the large number of LawPundit readers in New York City, where the LawPundit was an associate with a large international New York City law firm prior to coming to Europe, New York State is the Nr. 1 reader of the LawPundit blog in the United States, ranking only behind Nr. 1 ranked Trier in Germany (the region in which the LawPundit is domiciled) and Nr. 2 ranked Riga in Latvia (the region of the LawPundit's family origins which has numerous readers because of our postings on Latvia).

We thought we would look into some facts about New York State and especially about the Finger Lakes District.

To start out with, we must confess that we were more than moderately surprised to read that New York State's largest wine-producing region is the Finger Lakes District. The Wikipedia writes:

"The Finger Lakes is New York's largest wine producing region. Numerous wineries and vineyards are located in the region, prinicipally centered around Seneca, Cayuga, Canandaigua, and Keuka Lakes. Because of the lakes' great depth, they provide a lake effect to the lush vineyards that flank their shores. Retaining residual summer warmth in the winter, and winter's cold in the spring, the grapes are protected from disastrous spring frost during grape formation, and early frost before the harvest. With the passage of the Farm Winery Act in 1978, countless numbers of wineries have opened their doors to visitors from all over the world."

As written there further about New York:

"New York is the nation's third-largest grape-producing state, behind California, and second largest wine producer by volume. In 2004, New York's wine and grape industry brought US$6 billion into the state economy. The state has 30,000 acres (120 km²) of vineyards, 212 wineries, and produced 200 million bottles of wine in 2004."

We were also substantially surprised to read that New York State ranks among the top five states in America in agricultural production:

"New York State is an agricultural leader, ranking within the top five states for agricultural products including dairy, apples, cherries, cabbages, potatoes, onions, maple syrup and many others. The state is the largest producer of cabbage in the U.S. The state has about a quarter of its land in farms and produced US$3.4 billion in agricultural products in 2001. The south shore of Lake Ontario provides the right mix of soils and microclimate for many apple, cherry, plum, pear and peach orchards. Apples are also grown in the Hudson Valley and near Lake Champlain. The south shore of Lake Erie and the southern Finger Lakes hillsides have many vineyards."

The glacial Finger Lakes when viewed on a map look like long fingers of a hand, whence their name. There are numerous lakes counted to the Finger Lakes (see map and list of lakes), of which the largest are Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake, both of which are also quite deep, with Seneca Lake reaching a maximum of 618 feet. Mysterious are the booming sounds which periodically come from the lakes and are called the Guns of Seneca.

Interesting is the history of this region, which has made some substantial contributions to US life (quoted from the Wikipedia):

"On the northern end of the Finger Lakes is also Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the Women's suffrage movement, Waterloo, the birthplace of Memorial Day, and Palmyra, the birthplace of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church."

The 1788 Phelps and Gorham Land Purchase (the 6 million acre tract was later also known as The Holland Purchase) west of the Finger Lakes District was in its day the largest such land transaction in the world. The land was later purchased in part by Robert Morris, known as the "financier" of the American Revolution and at that time the wealthiest man in the United States, and later from him by the Pulteney Association and the Pulteney Estate, (see also here), which gave rise to substantial land problems in New York State.

In subsequent years, Morris lost his fortune and was even imprisoned for three years for his debts, which, in view of his contributions to the formation of the United States, was scandalous. Indeed, "Morris and Roger Sherman were the only two people to sign the three significant founding documents of the United States, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the U.S. Constitution."

A study of Morris's life shows that it is money - more than anything - that drives revolutions and guides politics.

Readers of Law Pundit : The Finger Lakes District in New York State, USA

According to Google Analytics, our blog LawPundit has numerous readers from the Finger Lakes District in New York State. Indeed, together with the large number of LawPundit readers in New York City, where the LawPundit was an associate with a large international New York City law firm prior to coming to Europe, New York State is the Nr. 1 reader of the LawPundit blog in the United States, ranking only behind Nr. 1 ranked Trier in Germany (the region in which the LawPundit is domiciled) and Nr. 2 ranked Riga in Latvia (the region of the LawPundit's family origins which has numerous readers because of our postings on Latvia).

We thought we would look into some facts about New York State and especially about the Finger Lakes District.

To start out with, we must confess that we were more than moderately surprised to read that New York State's largest wine-producing region is the Finger Lakes District. The Wikipedia writes:

"The Finger Lakes is New York's largest wine producing region. Numerous wineries and vineyards are located in the region, prinicipally centered around Seneca, Cayuga, Canandaigua, and Keuka Lakes. Because of the lakes' great depth, they provide a lake effect to the lush vineyards that flank their shores. Retaining residual summer warmth in the winter, and winter's cold in the spring, the grapes are protected from disastrous spring frost during grape formation, and early frost before the harvest. With the passage of the Farm Winery Act in 1978, countless numbers of wineries have opened their doors to visitors from all over the world."

As written there further about New York:

"New York is the nation's third-largest grape-producing state, behind California, and second largest wine producer by volume. In 2004, New York's wine and grape industry brought US$6 billion into the state economy. The state has 30,000 acres (120 km²) of vineyards, 212 wineries, and produced 200 million bottles of wine in 2004."

We were also substantially surprised to read that New York State ranks among the top five states in America in agricultural production:

"New York State is an agricultural leader, ranking within the top five states for agricultural products including dairy, apples, cherries, cabbages, potatoes, onions, maple syrup and many others. The state is the largest producer of cabbage in the U.S. The state has about a quarter of its land in farms and produced US$3.4 billion in agricultural products in 2001. The south shore of Lake Ontario provides the right mix of soils and microclimate for many apple, cherry, plum, pear and peach orchards. Apples are also grown in the Hudson Valley and near Lake Champlain. The south shore of Lake Erie and the southern Finger Lakes hillsides have many vineyards."

The glacial Finger Lakes when viewed on a map look like long fingers of a hand, whence their name. There are numerous lakes counted to the Finger Lakes (see map and list of lakes), of which the largest are Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake, both of which are also quite deep, with Seneca Lake reaching a maximum of 618 feet. Mysterious are the booming sounds which periodically come from the lakes and are called the Guns of Seneca.

Interesting is the history of this region, which has made some substantial contributions to US life (quoted from the Wikipedia):

"On the northern end of the Finger Lakes is also Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the Women's suffrage movement, Waterloo, the birthplace of Memorial Day, and Palmyra, the birthplace of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church."

The 1788 Phelps and Gorham Land Purchase (the 6 million acre tract was later also known as The Holland Purchase) west of the Finger Lakes District was in its day the largest such land transaction in the world. The land was later purchased in part by Robert Morris, known as the "financier" of the American Revolution and at that time the wealthiest man in the United States, and later from him by the Pulteney Association and the Pulteney Estate, (see also here), which gave rise to substantial land problems in New York State.

In subsequent years, Morris lost his fortune and was even imprisoned for three years for his debts, which, in view of his contributions to the formation of the United States, was scandalous. Indeed, "Morris and Roger Sherman were the only two people to sign the three significant founding documents of the United States, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the U.S. Constitution."

A study of Morris's life shows that it is money - more than anything - that drives revolutions and guides politics.

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