Originally inhabited by the Iroquois and Algonquian tribes, like the Mohicans, the Albany region was claimed by the Dutch explorer Henry Hudson in 1609 and was settled in 1614 as a trading post. The post was named Beverwijck, but was renamed Albany after the British took control of the area in 1664.
Albany became a warring frontier as the British troops lead by Colonel William Johnson with their rallied natives declared war against the French. A meeting was conducted by the British Lords of Trade, wherein Benjamin Franklin discussed the importance of a union between the colonies to defend against the French.
Later, French and Assassin forces under Kesegowaase attacked Albany, in hopes of retrieving the manuscript that is being held by the Templar George Monro after the Siege of Fort William Henry. While the British managed to drive back the French forces with the help of Shay Cormac, Monro was killed by the Assassin Liam O'Brien. Shay later purged the city of the Assassins's influence by capturing their bureau.
- While Albany is attacked by the French in Assassin's Creed: Rogue, the French never actually made an effort to invade the town in real life as it was heavily protected by the British.