an appanage principality existing in Russia from the 13th to the 15th century, with its capital at Rostov Velikii. In 1207 it split off from the Vladimir-Suzdal’ principality. It included Yaroslavl, Uglich, Mologa, Beloozero, and Ustiug.
The first prince of the Rostov principality, Konstantin Vse-volodovich, became grand prince of Vladimir in 1216 and divided the principality among his sons, under whom Yaroslavl, Uglich, and, after 1238, Beloozero became separate principalities. In 1262 the inhabitants of Rostov, together with those of other cities of northeastern Russia, participated in an uprising against the Mongol-Tatar yoke. In the mid-14th century, the Rostov principality came under the influence of the Muscovite grand princes. Ivan I Kalita acquired Uglich from the Rostov princes, who, under Dmitrii Donskoi, became the de facto vassals of Moscow.
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