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The city of Como has seen its population count increase until it peaked at almost 100,000 inhabitants in the 1970s, when manufacturing, especially the silk industry, was in its boom years.
As production began to decline, the population decreased by almost 20,000 people until the start of the 21st century, when the city saw its population grow again by more than six thousand, mainly because of immigration from Asia, Eastern Europe and North Africa.
The town center was situated on the nearby hills, but it was then moved to its current location by order of Julius Caesar, who had the swamp near the southern tip of the lake drained and laid the plan of the walled city in the typical Roman grid of perpendicular streets.
The newly founded town was named Novum Comum and had the status of municipium.
Rain is more frequent during spring; summer is subject to thunderstorms and, occasionally, violent hailstorms.
Frederick promoted the construction of several defensive towers around the city limits, of which only one, the Baradello, remains.In 774, the town surrendered to invading Franks led by Charlemagne, and became a center of commercial exchange.In 1127, Como lost a decade-long war with the nearby town of Milan.In 2010, a motion by members of the nationalist Swiss People's Party (SVP) has been submitted to the Swiss parliament requesting the admission of adjacent territories to the Swiss Confederation; Como (and its province) is one of these.The Rockefeller fountain that today stands in the Bronx Zoo in New York City was once in the main square (Piazza Cavour) by the lakeside.
It was bought by William Rockefeller in 1902 for 3,500 lire (the estimated equivalent then of $637).