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Albany, NY History Guide: Uncover the Region's Rich Past

Since its inception, Albany has been a central part of the history of New York State. Not only did the city become the state's capital after the American Revolution, but the historic Erie Canal played an important role in the city's growing transportation system. In our Albany History Guide, you'll learn some interesting facts about the area's rich history!

The City of Albany has come a long way since the early 1600s when it was settled by Dutch fur traders.
From the City of Schenectady to Duanesburg, Schenectady County, NY is full of historic places.
Did you know Alexander Hamilton's first trip to Albany took place in 1777? He visited on behalf of George Washington.
Constructed from 1817-1825, the Erie Canal is one of the greatest engineering marvels in the history of New York State.
Learn all about the fascinating history of beer in the Capital City, from the 1600s to today!
3 cookies with chocolate frosting on red plate
Photo by Lauren Harkawik
Known by locals as the Fudge Fancy (or the Fudge Fantasy), there is one cookie that is widely recognized as being unique to New York's Capital Region.