Bowling is probably as old as New York (New Amsterdam) and was played down on "Bowling Green" now a park. It was once I recall outlawed as "10 pins" so it was then played with only 9 and the prohibition revoked. Another story is that thunder heard around the Hudson Valley is the Knickerbockers bowling. More likely the early cannon "proofing" at what became the West Point Foundry in Cold Spring, NY which had its offices in Manhattan. Congress authorized its creation shorty after the nation's founding, to be one of its foundries producing cannons for the new US Navy, which later was "born" on the Great Lakes in the War of 1812, particularly at Sackets Harbor, NY on Lake Ontario.
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