Albany, New York State’s capital, makes its home along the Hudson River shore and has been a pioneer for commerce and government since its inception. Originally settled in 1614, Albany was officially established as New York's capital in 1797; in 1754, though, the city made a name for itself as the spot where colonists convened to develop a strategic defense against the French. It was also here that Benjamin Franklin led the effort to create The Albany Plan as the map for the colonies' defenses. From diamond merchants and fur traders to signers of the Declaration of Independence, the city's rich past with its many historical firsts and its modern technological trends offer visitors a wide…

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