Albany in Albany County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Built in 1624
The Dutch West India Company built Fort Orange at the most strategic crossroads in the region — at the head of the trail into Mohawk territory and near the confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers. This position made the fort the most important center of diplomacy and trade between the Dutch colonists and Native peoples in northeastern America.
In the mid and late 1600s, what would become the city of Albany grew outside the fort walls and spread mostly north and west, along what are today's Broadway and State Street. The fort was abandoned in 1676, and by that time Albany was firmly established as a busy and influential hub of social, political, and economic life in the colonies.
An earlier fort, Nassau, was built in 1614, slightly south of Fort Orange, but was washed away within a few years by floods.
While Fort Nassau was short-lived, it has an important role in history. By building it six years before the Pilgrims founded the Plymouth Colony, the Dutch signaled their claim to the region
Erected 2016 by Albany Cultural Heritage & Tourism Partnership, Dutch Culture USA, New York State Museum, Downtown Albany Business Improvement District and SUNY.
Location. 42° 38.794′ N, 73° 44.982′ W. Marker is in Albany, New York, in Albany County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway (New York State Route 5) and Frontage Road, on the left when traveling south on Broadway. Marker is located on the sidewalk. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 351 Broadway, Albany NY 12207, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Albany - Capital of New York 200 Years (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Declaration of Independence Centennial Memorial (about 600 feet away); SUNY Plaza (about 600 feet away); Second Albany City Hall (about 600 feet away); Site of First Poor House in the United States (about 700 feet away); Henry Hudson (about 800 feet away); Building A Place to Live (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1st Telephone Central Office in New York State (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Albany.
Also see . . .
1. Fort Orange. Fort Orange is the name given to the fur trading post erected (Submitted on January 1, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Fort Nassau. First Dutch trading post and stockade 1614-1618. Built on Castle island East side of Hudson River South of present Rensselaer (Patroon's Island). Said to have been the first permanent building in New York. Washed out by a river flood. Fort Orange built on the riverbank in 1624. Island has merged with shore since then. (Submitted on January 1, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Forts, Castles • Settlements & Settlers •
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 1, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 1, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 1, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.