Episode One: The Country and the City (1609–1825)
This series by award-winning film maker Ric Burns traces the history of New York over more than three centuries. The first episode of the series begins with the founding of New Amsterdam, a Dutch trading post. The city starts to take shape as New Amsterdam becomes British New York. By the Revolutionary War, the city becomes the site for several key battles. This episode also covers the building of the Erie Canal.