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Albany, New York', is the capital city of the U.S. state of New York and the seat of Albany County. Founded in 1614 by Dutch colonists, Albany is one of the oldest surviving European settlements from the original thirteen colonies. It became the capital of New York in 1797. The city is located on the west bank of the Hudson River, about 150 miles north of New York City.


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The name "Albany" derives from the Scottish Duke of Albany, whose title comes from the Gaelic name for Scotland: Alba. The area was originally named Beverwijck ("Beaver District") by the Dutch, before being renamed Albany in 1664 when the English took control of New York.


Albany's strategic location at the confluence of the Hudson River and the Mohawk River made it a significant trading and military post during colonial times. It played a crucial role in the fur trade and was a major hub for transportation and commerce throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries.


Albany is home to several higher education institutions, including the University at Albany, SUNY, Albany Medical College, and Albany Law School.


The economy of Albany is heavily dependent on public sector jobs, health care, higher education, and technology. The city is part of the Tech Valley, a region known for its innovation in the technology sector.


Albany has a rich cultural scene, with numerous museums, historic sites, and theaters. The Albany Institute of History & Art is one of the oldest museums in the United States. The city also hosts the annual Tulip Festival, celebrating its Dutch heritage.

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