What Are Some American States and Their Capitals?


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Some American states and their capitals are Albany, New York, Columbia, South Carolina, and Sacramento, California. Other states and their capitals include Olympia, Washington and Providence, Rhode Island.

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What Are Some American States and Their Capitals?
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Albany, New York was first called Fort Orange and settled largely by the Dutch. The explorer Henry Hudson chose the site of Albany in the 1600s, mostly because his ship could travel no further up the river ultimately named after him. Albany became the state capital in 1797.

Columbia, South Carolina was selected as the state's capital in 1786. It is the second planned city in the United States, but had no paved streets until 1908.

Sacramento, California is about 90 miles northeast of San Francisco and is actually California's sixth capital. Its population as of 2013 was 470,000.

Olympia, Washington lies on the southern point of Puget Sound, and began to be settled by homesteaders in the 1840s. It was made the capital city upon the creation of Washington Territory in 1853. It is the seat of Thurston County.

Providence, Rhode Island was founded by Roger Williams in 1636 after he was exiled from Massachusetts, and named because he believed he'd found it with the help of God. It lies at the head of Narragansett Bay.

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