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Haverstraw (V)

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Haverstraw is a village in Rockland County, New York. The population was 10,117 at the 2000 census and 10,487 at the 2005 census estimate. Located along the western shore of the Hudson River at its widest point, the village is in the town of Haverstraw. As of 2005, the mayor was Francis Wassmer. In 1609, during one of the many voyages the Dutch had financed in search of the northwest passage. Henry Hudson had sailed the Hudson River, docking his ship in Haverstraw Bay. It was here that the Dutch declared the Hudson river as property of the Dutch. Haverstraw was founded in 1666, but the village wasn't legally established until 1854.
The village has a total area of 13.1 square kilometers of which 5.2 square kilometers is land and 8.0 square kilometers is water. The village is one of the first to appear on maps of North America and was home to a number of skirmishes between the British army and the Continental army of the Americans during the American revolutionary war. In the village the population was spread out with 28.6 percent under the age of 18, 10.9 percent from 18 to 24, 30.7 percent from 25 to 44, 18.9 percent from 45 to 64 and 10.9 percent who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years.

As it is often regarded as among the most beautiful parts of New York, it is one of the most visited places amongst the most die hard travelers the world over. Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and gain enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace. It has become a centre of industry, tourism, administration and culture. Recently the village has undergone major improvements.

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