The region of Moradabad was an important part of various dynasties, such as Panchala, Nanda, Gupta, Maurya, Mughal and Maukhari. During Akbar’s reign, it was established as an office of the Chaupala pargana. In 1624, Rustam Khan, the Governor of Sambhal, captured the region and it was named as Rustam Nagar. In the early 1700s, it became a province of Rohilkhand State. The city was named Moradabad after Morad, the son of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The Nawabs of Awadh ruled the region from 1774-1800. In 1801, the British captured Rohilkhand and it was divided into two districts- Bareilly and Moradabad. The city was also the part of the uprising during the First War of Independence in 1857. During the early 19th century, the British started to export brassware handicrafts to foreign markets, attracting artisans from other parts of India such as Lucknow, Agra and Banaras. \n\nAfter India gained independence from the British in 1947, Moradabad soon became a part of the state of Uttar Pradesh. During the 1980s, the brass industry boomed and as a result, iron and aluminium industries also started to develop in the area.
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