New York

New York is a state in the northeastern United States. New York was one of the original thirteen colonies that formed the United States. New York City, the most populous city in the United States, comprises 5 boroughs sitting where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean.


Latitude: 40.730643255263
Longitude: -73.986663816031

Timeline of Events Associated with New York

Date Event Manage
1 Jan 1840

Royal Mail steamships introduced on Atlantic routes

RMS BritanniaA major factor in the facilitation of international correspondence was the introduction of steamships on the Atlantic routes which could maintain a guaranteed average speed of 8–9 knots per hour from Liverpool to Boston, as compared with sailing ships which were dependent on the strength and direction of the wind. This, coupled with fierce competition between rival shipping companies – principally Cunard and Collins ‒ for the lucrative transatlantic mail and passenger business resulted in the sailing time from Liverpool to Boston being cut from 14 days and 8 hours in 1840 to just 12 days by the mid-1850s. Ultimately, it was the Cunard fleet of ocean steamers – six 1830-ton wooden paddle-steamers: America, Niagara, Europa, Canada, Asia and Africa, which triumphed, and the company was contracted by the Royal Mail to make weekly trips to Boston and New York alternately, except during the period December to March when there was a monthly service. Image: Britannia of 1840, the first Cunard liner built for the transatlantic service. This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less.


Susan Donovan, “How the Post Office and Postal Products Shaped Mid-Nineteenth-Century Letter-Writing”

Aug 1858

First attempt at transatlantic cable

In August, 1858, to riotous celebrations in the United States, in which fireworks destroyed the cupola of New York’s City Hall, the first cable was successfully completed between Valentia, Ireland and Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, only to cease functioning within a month.


John M. Picker, “Threads across the Ocean: The Transatlantic Telegraph Cable, July 1858, August 1866″

7 Sep 1875

Theosophical Society founded

photo of OlcottOn 7 September 1875, Helena Blavatsky, William Quan Judge, Henry Steele Olcott, and others founded the Theosophical Society in New York following an inspiring lecture by J. G. Felt. Olcott was the first President. Image: Photograph of Henry Steel Olcott. This image is in the public domain in the United States because its copyright has expired.


Dennis, Denisoff, “The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, 1888-1901″