In 1919, William Henry Beable's Russian Gazetteer and Guide described Estonia like this:

Esthonia, called by the Germans Ehstland, one of the Baltic Provinces, on the south coast of the Gulf of Finland, is about the size of Wales. Its population of nearly three quarters of a million consists mostly of Ehstes or Esthonians, a branch of the Finnish family, the Russians proper being only 25,000 and exceeded in number by Germans. ...

There are also a number of Swedes and Jews, especially at Reval, the capital. Agriculture is the principal industry, while meat and butter are largely exported. The distilleries, of which there are over 150, are supplied with potatoes and cereals grown in the province, and the woollen cloth factories with local wool. There is a large cotton mill at Krenhohm and flour mills, iron and machinery works, paper mills, sawmills and match factories in other parts. Besides Reval, there are no towns of as much as ten thousand inhabitants.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, Estonia's History | Map and description, A Vision of Europe through Time.


Date accessed: 14th August 2022

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