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city, seat (1846) of Sheboygan county, eastern Wisconsin, U.S. The city is located along Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Sheboygan River, about 50 miles (80 km) north of Milwaukee. It was established as a fur-trading post in 1818 by William Farnsworth of Green Bay and was settled as a lumbering village in 1835; cooperage became a thriving business in the community. The city's Ojibwa name has an uncertain derivation, but it probably means "passage [or waterway] between the lakes." German immigrants played a significant role in the city's cultural and economic development.