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Hempstead (V)

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Hempstead is a village in Nassau County, New York in United States. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 56,554 and 52,829 according to 2005 census estimate. In the fall of 1643, Reverend Robert Fordham and John Carman crossed long Island by rowboat to negotiate with the local Indians for a tract of land to establish a new community. A law during colonial time required all farmers in the area to alternate one year, growing their cash crop and the other year, growing hemp to replenish the soil. This method of soil regeneration was known as cover cropping.

As the years passed, the population of Hempstead increased, as did its importance and prestige. George Washington and other prominent leaders of the Revolution often stayed in Hempstead. In the 1800's Hempstead became increasingly important as a trading center. In 1853 it became the first self governing incorporated village. In the village the population was spread out with 26.2 percent under the age of 18, 16.3 percent from 18 to 24, 31.4 percent from 25 to 44, 17.5 percent from 45 to 64, and 8.5 percent who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years.

This village 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 with the help of recent improvements.

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