The Statue of Liberty has welcomed people to New York and the United States of America for over 100 years. Given to the US as a gift from France, Lady Liberty was officially presented on October 29, 1886. When she arrived, she was a shiny copper color, and it took almost 20 years for the metal to patina. The seven spikes on her crown represent the seven continents and seven oceans, signifying the universal concept of liberty. Up until 1916, visitors used to be allowed as high up as the torch, but now the highest you can climb is to her crown, which provides stunning views of New York City.