Two decades ago, Newsday began publishing the first pages of “Long Island: Our Story,” our celebrated 273-part series that told the history of this island we call home, from the Ice Age to the Space Age. Now, 20 years later, we’re proud to once again share this remarkable story with a new generation of Long Islanders.
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From a glacier as tall as a skyscraper to a fish-shaped island awaiting its first inhabitants
Chapter 1 of “Long Island: Our Story” is available here.
Water tunnel offers rock-hard and ages-old clues about the formation of LI
Once a river, a valley, a lake, and recently the body of water we know today
A decision was rendered by the Supreme Court in 1985
Despite humanity's best efforts, erosion poses a relentless threat
If sea levels keep rising, many LI communities can expect wet changes
Before people arrived, a pristine land of wildlife and sweet vegetation
Some 550 generations across 12 millennia occupied the Island before Europeans arrived
Chapter 2 of “Long Island: Our Story” is available here.
Europeans apparently mistook Indian place names for tribal labels
Indian communities grew corn, beans, squash and tobacco in Long Island soil
Southold Indian Museum
Old Dutch writings relate to some of what original Long Islanders believed of life and the afterlife
Boston Public Library
A dying language once heard on Long Island is spoken by a few on a Canadian reserve
A robbery foils his work to save some of the Island's Algonquian language
Independence National Historical Park
William Wallace Tooker's quest to recover lost words
Jermain Memorial Library Photo
A showdown develops as Dutch and English immigrants settle on opposite ends of Long Island
Part one of Chapter 3 of “Long Island: Our Story” is available here.
Part two of Chapter 3 is available here.
Influences of the Netherlands live on centuries later in roads, buildings and names
Violence escalates as a Dutch craftsman is murdered and Indians are massacred
Stock Montage Inc.
The tale of Smithtown's borders may be apocryphal, but it makes for a good story
A settlement is born in Hempstead, and its founders become wealthy
Nassau County Museum, Long Island Studies Institute
New York has the most slaves in the North, almost half of them on Long Island
The Granger Collection/Howard Pyle
A Long Island farmer's wife is accused of witchcraft three decades before the trials in Salem
The Granger Collection
He goes to sea with royal approval to attack England's enemies, and returns accused of piracy
Reaping the 'considerable' harvest of the New World's wealth on land and sea
The New York Historical Society
The colonies protest new taxes from George III and clash with British troops
The Granger Collection
An amazing personal story from the journal of a soldier, sailor, prisoner and patriot
Part one of Chapter 4 of “Long Island: Our Story” is available here.
Part two of Chapter 4 of “Long Island: Our Story” is available here.
One of the general's own guards joins the king's Loyalists in a wide conspiracy
'God save us all,' Nathaniel Woodhull told his attackers... Or did he?
Nassau County Museum Collection
By 1774, the town emerges as an energetic proponent of revolution
'Blacks fought on both sides in the War of Independence, but gained little
William Floyd and Francis Lewis, the two Long Islanders who took a stand for freedom
Defeated British and Loyalists board ships to leave the U.S.
Like the new nation, Long Island was about to begin building.
Part one of Chapter 5 of “Long Island: Our Story” is available here.
The last whale hunted off Long Island was killed Feb. 22, 1907, by a group of aging East Hampton whalers.
Slavery was allowed to die a slow death in New York.
The idea may have seemed simple, but it took 10 years to achieve.
Sidney C. Schaer/Newsday