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Grand Island is a town and an island in Erie County, New York, USA. As of the 2010 census, the town population is 20,374. This represents an increase of 9.41% from the 2000 census figure. The current town name derives from the French name La Grande Île, as Grand Island is the largest island in the Niagara River and fourth largest in the state. The phrase La Grande Île appears on the town seal.Over the course of its history, the island has served as home to the Attawandaron Nation, and been an acquisition of both French and English colonial pursuits. In 1945, Grand Island was part of a plan to make a new World Peace Capital on the international border between Southern Ontario and Western New York. The plan proposed placing the United Nations headquarters on adjacent Navy Island (Ontario, Canada), which was considered an ideal location because it lay on the boundary between two peaceful countries. An artist's rendering of the World Peace Capital (as seen in the George Seibel Niagara River Collection at the Niagara Falls Public Library in Niagara Falls, Ontario) showed the property with bridges spanning both countries (at Grand Island in the US and the Canadian mainland on the other side). The proposal was ultimately turned down in favor of the current U.N. headquarters in New York City.
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