Albany, New York
Albany is the capital of the U.S. state of New York and the seat and largest city of Albany County. It is located on the west bank of the Hudson River approximately 10 miles south of its confluence with the Mohawk River. The name Albany is derived from Alba, the Gaelic name for the younger son of the King of Scots, James II of England and James VII of Scotland.
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Albany is the capital of the U.S. state of New York and the seat and largest city of Albany County. It is located on the west bank of the Hudson River approximately 10 miles south of its confluence with the Mohawk River. As of the 2010 census, the population of Albany was 97,856. Albany is one of the oldest surviving settlements of the original British thirteen colonies, and is the longest continuously chartered city in the United States. The city lies toward the north end of the navigable Hudson River, was the original eastern terminus of the Erie Canal connecting to the Great Lakes, and was home to some of the earliest railroad systems in the world. In the latter part of the 20th century, Albany experienced a decline in its population due to urban sprawl and suburbanization; however, the New York State Legislature approved a USD 234 million building and renovation plan for the City in the 1990s that spurred renovation and building projects around the downtown area. With a 2013 Census-estimated population of 1.1 million, the Capital District is the third-most populous metropolitan region in the state. The name Albany is derived from Alba, the Gaelic name for the younger son of the King of Scots, James II of England and James VII of Scotland. In 1664, the English took over the Dutch settlements, renaming the city as Albany, in honor of the then Duke of Albany, the future James II, James VII, and James I of England.
It was officially chartered in 1686 under English rule. It became the capital in 1797 following formation of theUnited States. During the late 18th century and throughout most of the 19th, Albany was a center of trade and transportation. The Albany–Schenectady–Troy, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area, including the nearby cities and suburbs of Troy, Schenectads, and Saratoga Springs, is the largest metropolitan area in New York state. It has a population of more than 1.5 million people. The Capital District comprises the Albany– schenectadore–troy, troy, and Albany-Saratoga Springs areas. The area was originally inhabited by Algonquian-speaking Mohican, who called it Pempotowwuthut-Muhhcanneuw, meaning “the fireplace of the Mohican nation.” It is likely the Albany area was visited by European fur traders, perhaps as early as 1540, but the extent and duration of those visits has not been determined. The Dutch, Mohawk and Mohawk developed relations that reflected differences among their three cultures. On November 1, 1683, New York was split into Willemstadt; the Dutch took permanent possession of the counties with the Treaty of Westminster; New York became New York Province. In August 1673, the city was briefly renamed Albany in August 1683 and renamed Albany for the Dutch.
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