Tappan Zee

Tappan Zee

The Tappan Zee (or Tappan Sea) is a natural widening of the Hudson River, about 3 mi (5 km) across at its widest, in southeastern New York State in the United States. It stretches about 10 mi (16 km) along the boundary between Rockland and Westchester counties, downstream from Croton Point to Irvington. It derives its name from the Tappan Native American sub-tribe of the Delaware/Lenni Lenape, and the Dutch word "zee", meaning a sea or a wide expanse of water. [Melvin, Tessa. [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F06E2DA1F30F932A1575BC0A962958260 "If You're Thinking of Living In/Tarrytown; Rich History, Picturesque River Setting"] , "The New York Times", August 21, 1994. Accessed December 30, 2007. "The Dutch called this point, the river's widest, the Tappan Zee -- Tappan probably for a group of Indians and Zee meaning "sea" in Dutch."]

Flanked by high steep bluffs of the New Jersey Palisades in the Hudson Valley, it forms something of a natural lake on the Hudson about 10 mi (16 km) north of Manhattan. Communities along the Tappan Zee include Nyack and Haverstraw on the western side, as well as Ossining, Tarrytown, and Croton-on-Hudson on the eastern side. It is crossed by the Tappan Zee Bridge, opened in 1955 and about 3.1 mi (5 km) long, connecting Nyack and Tarrytown.

On September 14, 1609, the explorer Henry Hudson entered the Tappan Zee while sailing upstream from New York Harbor. At first, Hudson believed the widening of the river indicated that he had found the Northwest Passage. He proceeded upstream as far as present-day Albany before concluding that no such strait existed there.

The Tappan Zee is mentioned several times in Washington Irving's famous short story, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". The tale is set in the vicinity of Tarrytown, in the area of near Irving's own home at Sunnyside.

ee also

*New Jersey Palisades
*Tappan Zee Bridge

References

External links

* [http://www.nycroads.com/crossings/tappan-zee/ Tappan Zee Bridge]
* http://www.ewebtribe.com/NACulture/easterntribes.htm
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