Anonymous asked in TravelUnited StatesNew York City · 2 months ago

Why is Albany the capital of New York?

Wouldn't it be better for NYC to be the capital of New York?

10 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    Albany was chosen as the capital of New York due to its proximity to the Hudson River. Back in the Colonial days, this area was ideal to establish a trade route for goods and shipping. This new commercial destination drew more people to the region and it was therefore decided in 1797 that Albany would become the state capital of New York.

  • 1 month ago

    Albany is closer to the center of the state, and land is cheaper than in New York City.

  • 1 month ago

    State capitals are typically the area of importance when the state was established, not where most people are living currently.

  • 1 month ago

    New York City used to be the capital of the USA.

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  • Sharon
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    Albany is close to the geographic center of the state as well on the major river route of the Hudson River, near the Erie Canal, and convenient to major highways

  • 1 month ago

    At one time - it was Kingston - then the British burned it, and political centers moved. 

  • 1 month ago

    NYC really wasn't seen as being all that vital around the time that Albany became the capital. You're looking at the city as it stands today, rather than the glorified harbor that it was over two-hundred years ago. Meanwhile, Albany was insanely essential for trade, as sat dead-center on the Hudson.

  • 2 months ago

    Most of the older US states and many newer ones have a smaller town as their capitals.

  • 2 months ago

    Not really. It's quite common for smaller settlements to be capitals, examples being Brasilia, Canberra, Bonn and Elizabetha (the abandoned new capital of Britain planned in the 1950s). It attracts economic activity to an area away from the larger conurbation and travel around the city can be easier.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Hmm...I thought the Atlantic Ocean was the capital of New York?

    Is this one of the reasons why people say I'm stupid?

    Source(s): An easy mistake imo.
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