The Hudson River is the longest New York State river, flowing more than 300 miles. The river passes the state's capital, Albany, flows past West Point, and empties into the Atlantic Ocean near the tip of Manhattan Island. The Hudson River becomes an estuary when its fresh water mixes with the salt water of the Atlantic Ocean.
How does geography influence human settlement patterns and economic systems?
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Describe the scene in the photograph and explain the influence of this waterway on New York settlement and economy.