The Hudson-Fulton Celebration from September 25 to October 9, 1909, in New York and New Jersey was an elaborate commemoration of the 300th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s discovery of the Hudson River and the 100th anniversary of Robert Fulton’s first successful commercial application of the paddle steamer. The maritime achievements of Hudson and Fulton foreshadowed the importance of the river to New York’s progress and identity. Organizers used the event not only to display the success of the two men, but also the status of New York City as a world power. A commemorative plate was produced by Royal Doulton China, The "Areo" Plate. The plate shows Wilbur Wright, who flew up the Hudson River for the event, as well as other forms of transportation including airships and boats in the river.