Before European arrival, Mahican Indians occupied the area. The Dutch began settling in the mid-17th century, and control of New York passed to the English in 1664. In 1791, Troy was incorporated as a town. Troy is known as the Collar City due to its history in shirt, collar, and other textile production. At one point Troy was also the second largest producer of iron in the country, surpassed only by Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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