The 1763 Treaty of Paris ceded the Ohio Country to the British Empire.

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Census Bureau, the Columbus-Marion-Zanesville, OH Combined Statistical Area (which also includes Marion, Chillicothe, and Mount Vernon) has a population of 2,370,839, making it the second largest metropolitan area in Ohio behind Cleveland.

Named for explorer Christopher Columbus, the city was founded in 1812 at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers, and assumed the functions of state capital in 1816.

The city has a diverse economy based on education, government, insurance, banking, fashion, defense, aviation, food, clothes, logistics, steel, energy, medical research, health care, hospitality, retail, and technology.

Columbus is home to the Battelle Memorial Institute, the world's largest private research and development foundation; Chemical Abstracts Service, the world's largest clearinghouse of chemical information; Net Jets, the world's largest fractional ownership jet aircraft fleet; and The Ohio State University, one of the largest universities in the United States.

As of 2013 under the nominal control of the French colonial empire through the Viceroyalty of New France from 1663 until 1763.

In the 18th century European traders flocked to the area, attracted by the fur trade.

The area found itself frequently caught between warring factions, including American Indian and European interests.

In the 1740s, Pennsylvania traders overran the territory until the French forcibly evicted them.

In the early 1750s the Ohio Company sent George Washington to the Ohio Country to survey.

Fighting for control of the territory in the French and Indian War (1754-1763) became part of the international Seven Years' War (1756-1763).

During this period the region routinely suffered turmoil, massacres and battles.