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It was founded in the first century AD as a Roman Colonial city near the empire's farthest north border with the rest of mainland Europe, and was initially called Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium, from which the name "Cologne" derives. It acted as the capital of the province of Germania Inferior until 462, when it became part of the Western Frankish kingdom. Cologne became the capital of Prussia in 1872, with the defeat of Germany at the hands Prussia and France.