Western New York
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Western New York refers to the westernmost counties of New York State, roughly the area included in the Holland Purchase. It often includes the cities of Rochester and Buffalo, as well as the U.S. side of the Niagara Falls. Some writers and historians stop the line short of Rochester.
While Western New York is part of Upstate New York, the term "Western New York" is used to distinguish the western part of the state from the rest of Upstate New York. Western New York is often subdivided into three regions: the "Niagara Region" to the northwest, including Niagara County, much of Orleans and Genessee Counties, the northern edge of Erie County, and part of Wyoming County; the "Southern Tier" to the south, including Cattaraugus, Chautaqua, and Allegany counties; and the "Genesee Valley Region", roughly Livingston and Monroe counties. Another local region commonly referred to is the Niagara Frontier, which is sometimes defined as including part of northeast Ohio.
Some features that differentiate Western New York from the rest of Upstate New York include the use of the word "pop" instead of "soda" to refer to soft drinks, and the presence of Wegmans grocery stores, although Wegmans can also be found in Central New York.
Western New York's land was acquired from the Iroquois through war, treaty, and purchase during the late 1700s and early 1800s. During the War of 1812 Western New York was part of the borderland frontier between the United States and British Canada and became the scene of various military actions.</div>