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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.Allied with the British, four major Iroquois tribes were essentially forced out of New York. (1761–1839), all of Hagerstown, Maryland, purchased a 100-acre (ca.Rochester was first known as "the Young Lion of the West", and then as the "Flour City".By 1838, Rochester was the largest flour-producing city in the United States.

This article is about the city of Rochester in Monroe County.Douglass, a former slave and an antislavery speaker and writer, gained a circulation of over 4,000 readers in the United States, Europe and the Caribbean.The North Star served as a forum for abolitionist views.Rochester was also home to significant unrest in labor, race, and antiwar protests.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.