Governors Island National Monument

For more than two centuries, the military communities on Governors Island were woven into the intricate social, political and economic tapestry that is New York City. From 1776-1996, Governors Island stood as a silent sentinel in New York Harbor, and provided protection of the ideals represented by the Statue of Liberty across the Bay. Over two centuries, Governors Island's history evolved from colonial outpost to regional administrative center for the U.S. Army and Coast Guard. 

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