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The city expanded rapidly from the 17th century and was briefly the second largest city in the British Empire before the Acts of Union in 1800.Following the partition of Ireland in 1922, Dublin became the capital of the Irish Free State, later renamed Ireland.Dublin is located in the province of Leinster on the east coast of Ireland, at the mouth of the River Liffey and bordered on the South by the Wicklow Mountains.The city has an urban area population of 1,173,179.
There are other towns of the same name, such as Àth Cliath in East Ayrshire, Scotland, which is Anglicised as Hurlford.
The subsequent Scandinavian settlement centred on the River Poddle, a tributary of the Liffey in an area now known as Wood Quay.
The Dubhlinn was a small lake used to moor ships; the Poddle connected the lake with the Liffey.
The area of Dublin Bay has been inhabited by humans since prehistoric times, but the writings of Ptolemy (the Greco-Roman astronomer and cartographer) in about AD 140 provide possibly the earliest reference to a settlement there.
He called the settlement Eblana polis (Greek: Dublin celebrated its 'official' millennium in 1988, meaning that the Irish government recognised 988 as the year in which the city was settled and that this first settlement would later become the city of Dublin.