Top 10 Oldest U.S. State Capitals

Name the ten oldest state capitals based on the first date of European settlement.
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Settled
Capital
1610
Santa Fe
1614
Albany
1630
Boston
1635
Hartford
1636
Providence
Settled
Capital
1649
Annapolis
1679
Trenton
1683
Dover
1716
Montgomery
1719
Harrisburg
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Level 73
Oct 20, 2018
What an interesting list! Quizmaster strikes again.
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Level 33
Dec 9, 2020
got none and I am 9
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Level 72
Oct 20, 2018
I live in Pennsylvania and I missed my own capital....
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Level 64
Oct 21, 2018
On that note, I had a helluva time convincing a friend recently that Philadelphia is not the capital of PA.
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Level 49
Jan 21, 2019
Well that threw me off.
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Level 56
Jan 21, 2019
My grandfather's from the Albany area goshdarnit.
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Level 64
Jan 21, 2019
Gotta say, was NOT expecting Montgomery to be older than Atlanta...
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Level 42
Dec 10, 2020
Of course, Atlanta wasn't the first capital. It was Milledgeville.
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Level 46
Nov 16, 2020
Missed Santa Fe
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Level 27
Dec 7, 2020
Never would have guessed Santa Fe, over 300 years before New Mexico became a state!
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Level 49
Dec 7, 2020
Yeah, mostly because the spanish were the first american colonizers with the exception of Vinland.
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Level 71
Dec 7, 2020
I just missed Santa Fe...
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Level 81
Dec 7, 2020
Montgomery's 1716 claim is from a single Scots trader that settled there then. Richmond, Virginia, seems to have stronger, earlier claims. A "Fort Charles" was established there in 1644. Wikipedia says: ". . . in 1676, [William Byrd I] established the James River Fort on the south bank of the James River in what is now known as the Manchester District of Richmond." On the "Timeline of Richmond" on Wikipedia it talks of this same William Byrd establishing: "a trading post and small settlement" in 1673.
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Level 51
Dec 9, 2020
i would throw Talahassee into the mix as wel. The area has been settled by European since 17th century.
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Level 65
Dec 7, 2020
I feel dumb for thinking that Baltimore was Maryland's capital while completely forgetting about Annapolis :P
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Level 60
Dec 7, 2020
I would have guessed that Wilmington is the oldest capital, seeing that Delaware is the oldest state... XD
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Level 71
Dec 7, 2020
Wilmington is the largest city in Delaware. Dover is the capital.
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Level 84
Dec 7, 2020
Might be if it wasn't for that pesky little fact that Wilmington is not the capital.
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Level 71
Dec 7, 2020
Delaware just raced to get its signature on the Constitution first. It took until 2020 to get a Delawarian elected president.
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Level 71
Dec 8, 2020
Not too surprising as Delaware is the 45th most populous U.S. state.
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Level 40
Dec 9, 2020
Ooooh, Sante Fe... being all tricky and not part of the 13 colonies.

Well played.

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Level 39
Dec 10, 2020
I completely fell forward when I typed Montgomery, I was actually surprised when I had nothing to delete when I put it down.