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HERE’S HOW DUTCHESS COUNTY GOT ITS NAME

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In 1683 Dutchess County became one of the twelve original counties of New York, here’s how it got its name.

According to the Dutchess County Government website, Henry Hudson sailed up the Hudson River in the year 1609 and claimed the valley for the Dutch Crown. When it came time to name the area, it was named after Mary of Modena, then Duchess of York and wife of the future King of England, King James II.

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