Though I could always keep track of new faces the incredible high rate of immigrants from Europe sort of confused me. My memory was seriously put to test when I had to study the thousands and millions of people getting off the ships arriving from the old continent. New York was their first stop on the promise land. It was 1886 when the statue of the Roman goddess of liberty, Libertas, aka, the Statue of Liberty was erected holding a tablet with the inscription of the American Declaration of Independence engraved in it. It still serves me tremendous joy to remember those beaming smiles when their eyes first encountered the sight and symbol of ultimate freedom in the middle of New York Harbor, Manhattan. It is another deal how much actual luck the statue brought to them later on.
At the very end of the 19th century the form of the modern city, as well know it today, was consolidated with the final unification of the five boroughs: Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.