Long Island: Our Story / Chapters 1-5
Two decades ago, Newsday began publishing the first pages of “Long Island: Our Story,” our celebrated 273-part series that told the history of this island we call home, from the Ice Age to the Space Age. Now, 20 years later, we’re proud to once again share this remarkable story with a new generation of Long Islanders. Content from chapters 6-9 of Long Island: Our Story can be found here. Newsday print subscribers can sign up today to get “Long Island: Our Story” six times a year at no extra cost. Sign up today!
In the belly of the earth
Water tunnel offers rock-hard and ages-old clues about the formation of LI.
The evolution of Long Island Sound
Once a river, a valley, a lake, and recently the body of water we know today.
The first Long Islanders
A dying language once heard on Long Island is spoken by a few on a Canadian reserve.
Dutch settlers left their mark
Influences of the Netherlands live on centuries later in roads, buildings and names.
Blood flows, war threatens
Violence escalates as a Dutch craftsman is murdered and Indians are massacred.
The plot to kidnap George Washington
One of the general's own guards joins the king's Loyalists in a wide conspiracy.
Revolution's unseen rebels
Blacks fought on both sides in the War of Independence, but gained little.
They signed for independence
William Floyd and Francis Lewis, the two Long Islanders who took a stand for freedom.
In search of whales
The last whale hunted off Long Island was killed Feb. 22, 1907, by a group of aging East Hampton whalers.
The Paumanok Poet
Walt Whitman's early years on Long Island inspired the creative genius of an American literary giant.
LI marches off to battle
A Roslyn attorney formed Company H and coaxed 104 men who lived in and around Hempstead to join together.