Did You Know Albany’s Old Name? It’s NSFW!

You think you know most things about the place you’ve lived your whole life and then someone posts some mind-blowing information on Reddit and all I can say is that it’s probably best the name was changed.

You may know that the area that is now the city of Albany was at one time called Fort Orange, the first permanent Dutch settlement in New Netherland. In 1630, according to Wikipedia, the first permanent Dutch settlers came to America and Fort Orange but decided to settle on the outskirts, giving it a different name. You may be familiar with the term “Beverwyck,” named after the beaver and another kind fur trading that went on in the area but apparently, before that, the area had a completely different name that you may not have been able to say as a child growing up.

Before Beverwyck, Albany, or at least that settlement, was called Fuyck. It’s not pronounced like the swear word, more like “fuchs” as someone on Reddit mentioned but the immature child in me finds it pretty silly. It bears the question, why the fuyck did we change it? (Sorry, I had to)



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