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Altona (älˈtōnä) [key], part of Hamburg, N Germany, a port on the Elbe River. Its manufactures include chemicals, textiles, and tobacco products. There are fisheries, and the district is a rail center. Founded as a fishing village in the 16th cent. and later one of the first free ports in N Europe, Altona was incorporated into Hamburg in 1937.

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