Governor George E. Pataki signed into law legislation establishing the new Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission on February 13, 2002. This Commission planned and developed the 400th anniversary celebrations of the voyages of discovery made by Henry Hudson and Samuel de Champlain, as well as 200th anniversary of Robert Fulton's steamship voyage along the Hudson River.
We were involved in the Quadricentennial celebrations throughout 2009, and put on several events of our own. It was wonderful to see so many excited about New York's history and to hear what's in store for our future. With America's first river, the Hudson, in the background, the Quadricentennial in the Hudson River Valley celebrated the area's significance in the growth and development of America.
We have added original essays, primary documents, and coverage of all the Quadricentennial events. Additionally we have compiled a wealth of information which was already available. Much gratitude should be shown for the many dedicated individuals and organizations who have kept these explorer's legacies alive.