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Albany has been a center of higher education for over a century, with much of the remainder of its economy dependent on state government and health care services.
The city has rebounded from the urban decline of the 1970s and 1980s, with noticeable development taking place in the city's downtown and midtown neighborhoods.
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 of England and James VII of Scotland.
The city was officially chartered in 1686 under English rule.
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.
Albany's main exports at the time were beer, lumber, published works, and ironworks.
They formed successful relations with both the Mahican and the Mohawk peoples, two major Native American nations in the region.
Commencement of the fur trade provoked hostility from the French colony in Canada and among the natives, all of whom vied to control the trade.
Its charter is possibly the longest-running instrument of municipal government in the Western Hemisphere.
During the late 18th century and throughout most of the 19th, Albany was a center of trade and transportation.
In 1754, representatives of seven British North American colonies met in the Stadt Huys, Albany's city hall, for the Albany Congress; Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania presented the Albany Plan of Union there, which was the first formal proposal to unite the colonies.
The same year, the French and Indian War, the fourth in a series of wars dating back to 1689, began; it ended in 1763 with French defeat, resolving a situation that had been a constant threat to Albany and held back its growth.
Albany was the first European settlement in New York State.