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Discover the intriguing life, accomplishments, and legacy of America’s most dynamic and controversial founding father, Alexander Hamilton.

From the obscure island of Nevis in the Caribbean, to the most famous island in the world—Manhattan—Hamilton’s meteoric rise to the world stage is the story of the nation he created and the city he shaped in his own image.

His impoverished and tragic childhood inspired his determination to leave his mark in the world around him, and in his brief lifetime he surpassed even the most ambitious of imaginations.

From serving as Washington’s most trusted aide, to achieving battlefield glory in Yorktown, Hamilton proved his dedication to American independence with valor and tireless resolve. As the main author of the Federalist Papers, he defended the Constitution greater than any other person in history, insuring its ratification.

As Treasury Secretary he resolved the nation’s debt and created the financial systems that would transform the young country into an economic empire unlike any the world has ever known. Join Hamilton expert Jimmy Napoli as he walks in the footprints of the “Little Lion” and discover why Hamilton is known as the most influential New Yorker of all time.

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Jimmy Napoli

Jimmy Napoli has been a licensed N.Y.C. tour guide since 1996, specializing in the American Revolution, the creation of the Federal Government of the United States of America, the abolition movement and women's suffrage. His main area of interest and expertise is Alexander Hamilton.

In 2007, Jimmy appeared in the PBS documentary "The American Experience: Alexander Hamilton," written and directed by Middlemarch Films.

Jimmy was published in 2012 in a re-edition of the classic biography "George Washington: the Indispensable Man" by James Thomas Flexner, writing the additional essays and providing historical consultation on this Sterling Publishing signature edition.

He is also a frequent lecturer at Morris-Jumel Mansion, George Washington's 1776 headquarters in Harlem, where he speaks about the lives and legacies of America's Founding Father's.

Currently, Jimmy is writing a book about 1790, centering around the second session of the United States Congress, held at Federal Hall on Wall Street.

Born on Manhattan Island, Jimmy grew up fast in the turbulent 1970's in the rough-and-tumble neighborhood of Jamaica, Queens. He has lived in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and for the last 20 years has been a resident of Manhattan Island.

"I love sharing my passion for the history of New York and the ideals of our founding fathers with visitors and locals alike," says Jimmy. "Those ideals are still very much alive today, and will forever be engraved on our city streets."

Tours

Hamilton's Wall Street

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Not even Pennsylvania Avenue invokes a greater image of power in the imagination than the concrete canyons of Wall Street.

The financial epicenter of American commerce and business, its very name seems too large to be contained on the short narrow street itself and instead has become a symbol of global finance.

Alexander Hamilton envisioned modern America and the seat of the nation's financial power more accurately than any other Founding Father. Creating the Bank of New York in 1784 and the First National Bank in 1790, he eventually restored national credit to a bankrupt country, and by doing so birthed America’s most critical financial systems. Hamilton's vision has defined Wall Street more than any other person in history to date.

This tour explores the city of New York in Hamilton's life, and the deep impression he left behind. As we uncover the secrets behind his inexhaustible drive and his unimaginable achievements, it explains his relentless effort to leave his bold impression on his adopted nation.

This tour will start at the Battery to recall the battles of the American Revolution and the toll New York paid for Independence during the war, and will describe how Hamilton rose from Captain of an artillery company to the right hand of Washington himself.

We will discuss the creation of the Federal Government of the United States as well as the 1st and 2nd Sessions of Congress and numerous other events that took place at Federal Hall. We will also visit Trinity Church to pay tribute and respect to the Hamilton's at their final resting place. The tour will end at Fraunces Tavern for a drink in one of Hamilton's old haunts. Join us as we celebrate the life and work of America's most accomplished and complex Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton.

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Hamilton's Harlem

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Hamilton's years in Harlem influenced him dramatically, yet also transformed forever Harlem itself as a community. Beginning with his outstanding military resilience in the face of insurmountable odds, through his last years of his life reeling from unimaginable personal loss and political expulsion, Alexander and Elizabeth both left their impression and spirits enshrined in the progression of the community.

This tour tells Hamilton's story from an intimate look into the life of the man himself, and the incredible work he achieved in his brief lifetime.

We will visit Morris-Jumel Mansion, uncovering the wealth of history the house has to offer and explore the early years of Hamilton's life, from his childhood in the West Indies to the Battle of Harlem Heights.

From the mansion we will walk from Washington Heights to Hamilton Heights, discovering the Sugar Hill section and examining the neighborhood during Hamilton's time, and today.

The tour will visit Hamilton Grange, the only home Alexander Hamilton ever owned. Here we will discuss Hamilton's tireless work after the war, his bitter battles with the other founders and the many victories he achieved as well as the groundswell of events leading up to the fateful "Interview in Weehawken".

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Hamilton's Morristown

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Hamilton experts Jimmy Napoli and Gregory Simmons lead this full-day tour of Morristown, New Jersey, the winter headquarters of the Continental Army in 1777 and again in 1779-1780.

We will explain Hamilton's romantic obsession with Honor, Glory and God as well as his struggles with the world that he was centuries ahead of in his vision.

We will explore the Revolutionary War in a concise form and focus on the hardships faced reaching this haven for the army, as well as the early romance of Hamilton and his beloved Betsy. We will view the Schuyler-Hamilton House where their courtship blossomed, and discuss the lives they shared together during the war and after.

This is the most comprehensive Alexander Hamilton tour ever offered, and provided in one of the most charming colonial towns in the Northeast.

This leisurely-paced walking tour will include admission into the Washington Headquarters Museum and brunch at "George and Martha's" restaurant with unlimited Mimosas, Bellini's or Bloody Mary's.

$175 per person - 12:30pm until 6pm

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Hamilton's St. Croix

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Additional Information and Disclaimers

We will take breaks for restrooms and beverages during the tour. Comfortable shoes are suggested as this is a walking tour, but your comfort is a concern and the pace is sensitive to this. It is not excessive walking, however if you have any problems with walking or standing, please let us know in advance.

This tour offers a deep insight into the creation of the Federal Government and the two party system. Comparisons to today's political culture may often arise, and while all political opinions are respected, this is a public tour and not the intention to alienate or offend any participants, and as such, extreme beliefs right or left are best kept to oneself during the course of the tour. This tour will end at a pub for further conversation where everyone can discuss the tour if they so choose. However, be advised, this tour (and guide) staunchly supports Hamiltonian progressive ideology. If you are offended easily by political debate, this tour is probably not for you.

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