mines not exploited

Posted on July 27th, 2010 by admin and filed under Dacia Felix, paysan du danube topos in literature

Encyclopædia americana, Thomas, Cowperthwait, & co., 1838, vol. VIII, p. 563

Moldavia(in German, Moldau; Turkish, Bogdan); a province of the Ottoman empire, with the title of principality [...] population differently stated as from 360,000 to 500,000. [...] The winters are severe; the heat is great in sumemr, but the nights are cool. The soil is fertile, but war and and oppressive government have prevented if from being well cultivated. Corn, fruits, wine, honey, wax, and tobbacco of an inferior quality, are amond the principal productions; the gold, silver and iron mines are not worked; mineral salt and salt-petre are produced in large quantities. The greater part of the country is devoted to paturage, and immence numbers of horses, black cattle, sheep and swine are raised by the inhabitants. The horses are strong, active and gentle, and 10,000 have been exported annually to Austria and Prussia. The cattle are of an excellent quality, and have been sent generally to Poland and Russia. The inhabitants are strongly attached to the Greek church. The Moldavians are supposed to be descendants of the ancient Dacians, whose country they occupy, of Roman colonists, and of the Sclavonians, who conquered Moldavia. Their language is a corrupt Latin, mixed with Sclavonic [...] They are described as ignorant, indolent, treacherous and vindictive; although not slaves, they have always been subject of the severest oppression.

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