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Research has shown that people eras beyond history have live in and around İzmit, which is the junction of the world's most important roads, since3000 B.C. The first evidences of İzmit, in which people have continued to dwell to this day, can be traced back to the 12th century B.C. At this time the Phrygians ruled the region after which a group migrating from Greece's city of Megara to find themselves a new place to dwell formed a city in the Başiskele district and called it ASTAKOZ. After the Kİng Lysimakhos of Thrace destroyed the city of ASTAKOZ a new city called NICOMEDIA was built on the hills on which the present İzmit is located. The city was built in 262 B.C. by King Nicomedes who was appointed by Alexander the Great to conquer Anatolia and was named or the king's wife. Nicomedia, as the centre of the rising Bithinia Kingdom, becomes a great Hellenistic city. It is granted to the Romans in 91-94 B.C. In 284 B.C. the Emperor Diocletionus makes Nicomedia the capital again. In his era Nicomedia is the world's fourth largest city after Rome, Antioch and Alexandria. In the last quarter of the 11th century Nicomedia is taken over by the Seljuks. Nicomedia was retaken in the 1st Crusade and after remaining under the ocupation of the Latins for a while was returned to the Seljuks.

In the era of Orhan Ghazi the city was taken by the governor of the Adapazari and Hendek regions, Akcakoca, and brought under the rule of the Ottoman State. At first the city's name was Iznikmid, meaning neighbour of Iznik, and later became Izmit. Izmit was part of Istanbul until 1888 when it became a separate city. Prior to the War of Independence the city was freed from English and Greek armed occupation on 28" June 1921. After the Republic was declared Izmit became the centre of the Kocaeli province. During the Republic period industrial investments made in the region the city's industrial foundation is set and both state and private ventures increase. Today Kocaeli is an advanced industrial city and is surrounded by railway and the most advanced motorway network. Also, with its Derince and Izmit ports it has sea routes to all four corners of the world. Kocaeli is a small province with regard to its land measurement and is an interesting worldwide example with its production in industry, added value and people working in this sector. Its natural beauties, beaches, plateaus, skiing centres and historical sites as well as the coasts of the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea are also important for the province of Kocaeli with regard to commerce and tourism.