Moldavia 1512-1812

Moldavia 1350-1512

The Khanate of the GOLDEN HORDE still was the dominant force in the Russian plains; yet it was on the decline. On the fringe of her former sphere of influence, new political entities emerged - Lithuania, Muscovy and the PRINCIPALITY OF MOLDAVIA. The first prince on record is DRAGOS (c.1351-1353). The political center was SUCEANU, located in the northwest of the country. In 1387 the principality briefly accepted Polish suzerainty. Her territory, at that time, extended to the shores of the Black Sea; GENOA held a trading post at MAURO CASTRO. Around 1400, an Orthodox diocesis was established with seat at Suceanu. The coastal stretch again was lost to the Golden Horde.
The Moldavians spoke a dialect of the Romanian language and were Orthodox christians.
For Moldavia, the defeats of the Golden Horde by Muscovy (1380) and by Tamerlane (1395-1398), the dissolution of the Golden Horde (establishment of the Khanate of the Crimean Tatars (1441), the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks (1453) and the acceptance of Ottoman suzerainty by the Crimean Tatars (1475) were of imminent importance. In 1512 Prince Bogdan al-Ill-lea accepted Ottoman suzerainty. At that time, IASI was the administrative center of the country.

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Timeline, from
Chronology of Catholic Dioceses : Romania, from Kirken i Norge
Library of Congress, Country Studies : Romania
Brief History of Romania, from Rom Club; Romanian History, from European Cultural Centre, Bucharest, posted by Rotravel; History of Romanians, by Ion Calafeteanu, on Government of Romania Website; History of Romania, posted by FEEFHS
Illustrated History of Romanians, from Government of Romania
History of Iasi, from
DOCUMENTS World Statesmen : Romania, by Ben Cahoon; scroll down for Moldavia; Rulers : Romania, by B. Schemmel, scroll down for Moldavia; Rulers from Vallachia and Molgavia till 1859; from Romania - Encyclopedic Survey; Regnal Chronologies : Eastern Balkans, scroll down for Berlad, Bihar, Moldavia, Romania, Transylvania, Wallachia

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First posted on August 20th 2002, last revised on November 8th 2004

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