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In 1817, the Brown brothers and other landowners joined their lands with the Hundred Acre Tract to form the village of Rochesterville.

By 1821, Rochesterville was the seat of Monroe County.

For the metropolitan area, see Rochester, New York metropolitan area.) is a city on the southern shore of Lake Ontario in Western New York.

Rochester is the third most populous city in New York state with over 210,000 residents, and its metropolitan area has a population of nearly 1.1 million people.

The Rochester area has been the birthplace to such corporations as Kodak, Western Union, Bausch & Lomb, Gleason and Xerox that conduct extensive research and manufacturing in the fields of industrial and consumer products.

Until 2010, the Rochester metropolitan area was the second-largest regional economy in New York State, according to the U. Internal Revenue Service, after the New York City metropolitan area. Development of modern Rochester followed the American Revolution, and forced cession of their territory by the Iroquois after the defeat of Great Britain.

After the Civil War, Rochester had an expansion of new industries in the late 19th century, founded by migrants to the city, such as inventor and entrepreneur George Eastman, who founded Eastman Kodak; and German immigrants John Jacob Bausch and Henry Lomb, who combined technical and financial expertise to launch Bausch & Lomb in 1861.

Not only did they create new industries and thousands of jobs, but Eastman became a major philanthropist, developing and endowing the University of Rochester, its Eastman School of Music and other local institutions.

The North Star served as a forum for abolitionist views.

The Douglass home burnt down in 1872, but a marker for it can be found in Highland Park off South Avenue. Anthony, a national leader of the women's suffrage movement, was from Rochester.

In the early 20th century, Rochester became a center of the garment industry, particularly men's fashions.

It was the base of enterprises such as Bond Clothing Stores, Fashion Park Clothes, Hickey Freeman, and Stein-Bloch & Co.

In 1847, Frederick Douglass founded the abolitionist newspaper The North Star in Rochester.

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