Bessarabia - Demographic History

Historic Encyclopedias on Bessarabia's Demography : Brockhaus 1809-1811, Pierer 1857-1865, Anskjaer 1858-1863, Meyer 1885-1892, Meyer 1902-1908

Historic Encyclopedias on Bessarabia's Demography

Brockhaus Cionversations-Lexikon 1809-1811, Article : Bessarabien (excerpts)
Population over 400,000, mostly nomadic Tatars.
source in German, posted by Zeno

Pierer's Universal-Lexikon 1857-1865, Article : Bessarabien (excerpts)
c. 700-800,000 inhabitants, Moldavians, Jews, Armenians, Gypsies, Russians, Greeks
source in German, posted by Zeno

Anskjaer, Geografisk-Statistisk Haandbog 1858-1863, Article : Bessarabien (excerpts)
[The part of Bessarabia ceded to Moldavia] has a population of 180,000. The part of B. which remained with Russia .. has a population of 720,000. .. The Kagilnik Valley shows signs of the activity of German colonists, in its fertile fields and vineyards. .. The main part of the population is Moldavian, but is much intermingled with the Russians, Greeks, Jews and Armenians, further many earlier mentioned colonists.
source in Danish, posted by Project Runeberg

Meyer's Konversationslexikon 1885-1892, Article : Bessarabien. (excerpts)
Population 1,397,842 (1881). Here Moldavians, Russians, Serbs, Bulgarians, Greeks, Jews, Armenians, Tatars, Gypsies and many German colonists coexist. The colonists fall in 2 categories : 82 villages on the Pruth and Kagul, settled by Greek and Bulgarian colonists, 27 villages in the southern plains settled by German colonists, a Swiss colonu 6 km from Akkerman. Coreresponding to the increase in the number of colonists, new lands were allocated to them. Presently 70,000 Bulgarians live in Budschak, who originate from Schumla, Slimna, Prawady, and who came at the end of the last century; amongst them 26,000 Germans, whose villages express important memory, such as Borodino, Leipzig, Beresina, Paris, Ypolitz, Arcis etc.
source in German, posted by Retro Bibliothek

Meyer's Konversationslexikon 1902-1908, Article : Bessarabien (excerpts)
Population 1897 1,936,403. Here live Moldavians (almost 50 % of the total population), Russians (mostly Ruthenians and Little Russians [Ukrainians]), Bulgarians, Greeks, Armenians, Jews, Tatars, Gypsies and many German colonists. The German colonies, 27 in number, are located in the district of Akkerman and are comparatively affluent. Near Akkerman a Swiss colony is located. source in German, posted by Zeno


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