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West Point is the oldest continuously occupied military post in the United States. Located on the Hudson River in New York, General George Washington stationed his headquarters there in the summer and fall of 1779, and later identified it as the most important strategic position in America during the American Revolution, calling it "the most important Post in America" in 1781. It was the site of General Benedict Arnold's infamous treason. West Point was first occupied by the military on January 27, 1778, when Brigadier General Samuel Holden Parsons and his brigade (comprising elements of the Connecticut militia) crossed the ice on the Hudson River and climbed to the plain on West Point. From then to the present, West Point has been occupied by the United States Army. It comprises approximately 16,000 acres (6,500 ha) including the campus of the United States Military Academy, which is commonly called "West Point" as well.
West Point, New York
|• Total||19.34 sq mi (50.08 km2)|
|• Land||18.43 sq mi (47.75 km2)|
|• Water||0.90 sq mi (2.33 km2)|
|• Density||398.21/sq mi (153.75/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
West Point is a census-designated place (CDP) located in the town of Highlands in Orange County, located on the western bank of the Hudson River. The population was 7,341 at the 2020 census. It is part of the New York–Newark–Jersey City, NY–NJ–PA Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the larger New York–Newark, NY–NJ–CT–PA Combined Statistical Area.