Why was Odessa once a Jewish City

http://www.TravelsWithSheila.com It is said that 7 Jews lived in Odessa during the 1780s, and before the beginning of World War II, over 50% of the population were Jewish. What was responsible for the influx? The majority of Jews emigrated from Pale Settlements established by Catherine the Great. Jews were not allowed to live anywhere outside of what is present-day Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, Moldova, Ukraine, and parts of western Russia.Even though Odessa was part of the Pale Settlement, the founders needed people to populate this new area, and opportunities arose for Jews to move here, and obtain free land and equal rights.Olga then began walking us through Odessa's considerable Jewish Heritage which included pogram sites, holocaust memorials, cemeteries and information about various luminaries.The Viking Lomonosov also offered a Jewish Heritage tour as did all cruise lines but one-on-one was infinity more interesting...