Season 1, Episode 1 The Country and the City (1609-1825)

First Aired: November 14, 1999

“The Country and the City: 1609-1825” (Part 1 of seven). New York, notes narrator David Ogden Stiers, “was a business proposition from the very start,” when Henry Hudson, exploring for the Dutch East India Company, sailed into its harbor. Part 1 also focuses on New Yorker Alexander Hamilton, the first Treasury Secretary; and Gov. DeWitt Clinton, who built the Erie Canal. “All America,” says Stiers, “now met in New York.”

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  • Premiered: November 14, 1999
  • Rating: TV-PG
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  • Premise: A seven-part history of the world's `undisputed cultural and economic capital' from 1609 to the end of the 20th century, told in dramatic readings and interviews with historians. An eighth chapter, titled `The Center of the World,' was added following the… (more)

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