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Novorossiya (Russian: Новоро́ссия, Romanian: Noua Rusie; literally New Russia) is a historical term of the Russian Empire from 1764–1873 denoting a region north of the Black Sea (presently part of Ukraine), which Russia annexed from the Ottoman Empire as a result of the Russo-Turkish wars and further expanded at the cost of the Cossack Hetmanate and the Zaporizhian Sich. It encompassed the Moldavian region of Bessarabia, the Ukrainian regions of Black Sea Littoral (Prychornomoria), Zaporizhia, Tavria, the Azov Sea Littoral (Pryazovia), the Tatar region of Crimea, the Nogai steppes at Kuban River, and the Circassian lands.
The region was part of the Russian Empire until its collapse following the October Revolution in 1917. In modern terms this historical territory overlaid what is now the Donetsk Oblast, small portions of the Luhansk Oblast, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Zaporizhia Oblast, Mykolaiv Oblast, Kherson Oblast, Odessa Oblast and Crimea in Ukraine; Krasnodar Krai, Stavropol Krai, Rostov Oblast, and the Republic of Adygea in Russia.
When the Russian Empire annexed the northern coast of the Black Sea from the Ottoman after the Russo-Turkish War of 1768-1774, it established the Novorossiysk Governorate there, administered from Kremenchuk. Certain regions of the Southern Ukraine were sparsely populated and were known as the Wild Fields (as translated from Polish or Ukrainian) Dykra (in Lithuanian) or Loca deserta ("desolated places") in Latin on medieval maps. There were, however, many settlements along the Dnieper River. The Wild Fields had covered roughly the southern territories of modern Ukraine; some[who?] say they extended into the modern Southern Russia (Rostov Oblast).
The modern history of the region follows the fall of the Golden Horde. The eastern portion was claimed by the Crimean Khanate (one of its multiple successors), while its western regions were divided between Moldavia and the Lithuania. With the expansion of the Ottoman Empire, the whole Black Sea northern littoral region came under the control of the Crimean Khanate that in turn became a vassal of the Ottomans.. Sometime in the 16th century the Crimean Khanate allowed the Nogai Horde which were displaced from its native Volga region by Muscovites and Kalmyks to settle in the Black Sea steppes.
The Russian Empire gradually gained control over the area, signing peace treaties with the Cossack Hetmanate and with the Ottoman Empire at the conclusion of the Russo-Turkish Wars of 1735–39, 1768–74, 1787–92 and 1806–12. The Russian Empress Catherine the Great forcefully liquidated the Free lands of the Zaporizhian Sich in the 18th century, thus eliminating the independent rule of the area by ethnic Ukrainian Cossacks. Prince Grigori Potemkin (1739-1791) directed the Russian colonization of the land at the end of 18th century - Catherine the Great granted him the powers of an absolute ruler over the area from 1774. Administratively the newly incorporated area became known as the Novorossiysk Governorate with Kremenchuk as its capital. The new rulers of Novorossiya gave out land generously to the Russian dvoryanstvo (nobility), and the enserfed peasantry - mostly from Ukraine and fewer from Russia - immigrated to cultivate the then sparsely populated steppe. According to the Historical Dictionary of Ukraine:
The population consisted of military colonists from hussar and lancer regiments, Ukrainian and Russian peasants, Cossacks, Serbs, Montenegrins, Hungarians, and other foreigners who received land subsidies for settling in the area.
From 1796—1802 Novorossiya was the name of the Governorate with the capital Novorossiysk (Yekaterinoslav) (present-day Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk, not to be confused with present-day Novorossiysk, Russian Federation) In 1802 it was split into three governorates.
From 1822-1874 the Novorossiysk-Bessarabia General Government was centered in Odessa.
When the region was taken from the Ottomans, it was sparsely populated and home to several ethnic groups, of which the most numerous were Romanians and Ruthenians (Ukrainians). According to the first Russian census of the Yedisan region conducted in 1793, after the expulsion of the Nogai Tatars, 49 villages out of 67 between the Dniester and the Southern Bug were Romanian. East of the Southern Bug, in the so-called New Serbia region, in 1757 the largest ethnic group were Romanians at 75%, followed by Serbs at 12% and 13% others. The Russian authorities commenced a program of colonization of the region when they acquired it, encouraging large migrations into the region, including Romanians from Moldavia, Wallachia and Transylvania, as well as Ukrainians, Russians, and Germans; in 1792 the Russian government declared that the region between the Dniester and the Bug was to become a new principality named "New Moldavia", under Russian suzerainty.
Catherine the Great also invited European settlers to these newly conquered lands: Romanians, Bulgarians, Serbs, Greeks, Macedonians, Albanians, Germans, Poles, Italians, and others. With regard to language usage, Russian was commonly spoke in the cities and some outside areas, while Ukranian generally predominated in rural areas, smaller towns, and villages.[clarification needed] Over time the ethnic composition varied.[clarification needed] Apart from ethic Russians and Ukrainians, the population included communities of Greeks, Armenians, Tatars, and many others. The ethnic composition of Novorossiya changed during the beginning of the 19th century due to the intensive movement of colonists who rapidly created towns, villages, and agricultural colonies. During the Russo-Turkish Wars, the major Turkish fortresses of Ozu-Cale, Akkerman, Khadzhibei, Kinburn and many others were conquered and destroyed. New cities and settlements were established in their places.
The spirit and importance of New Russia at this time is aptly captured by the historian Willard Sunderland,
The old steppe was Asian and stateless; the current one was state-determined and claimed for European-Russian civilization. The world of comparison was now even more obviously that of the Western empires. Consequently it was all the more clear that the Russian empire merited its own New Russia to go along with everyone else’ New Spain, New France, and New England. The adaption of the name of New Russia was in fact the most powerful statement imaginable of Russia’s national coming of age.
- Zaporizhzhya started as a Cossack fort
- Odessa, founded in 1794 on the site of a Romanian or Tatar village (the first ever recorded mentions of a settlement located in current Odessa was in 1415) by a Spanish general in Russian service, Jose de Ribas, had a French mayor, Richelieu (in office 1803-1814)
- Donets'k, founded in 1869, was originally named Yuzovka (Yuzivka) in honor of John Hughes, the Welsh industrialist who developed the coal region of the Donbass
|Moldovans and Vlachs||75,000||7.37|
The 1897 All-Russian Empire Census statistics show that Novorossiya included some areas where people spoke Ukrainian as their mother tongue (especially in rural areas), with Great Russians and Jews dominating in city areas.
|Language||Kherson Guberniya||Yekaterinoslav Guberniya||Tavrida Guberniya|
|Moldovan and Romanian||5.3%||0.4%||0.2%|
List of founded cities
Many of the cities that were founded (most of these cities were expansions of older settlements) during the colonial period are major cities today.
- Yelisavetgrad (Kirovohrad) (1754)
- Aleksandrovsk (Zaporizhia) (1770)
- Yekaterinoslav (Dnipropetrovsk) (1776)
- Kherson (1778)
- Mariupol (1778)
- Sevastopol (1783)
- Simferopol (1784)
- Melitopol (1784)
- Pavlohrad (1784)
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- Map of Novorossiya (New Russia)
- Novorossiya leaders and Odessa mayors
- 5 facts about “Novorossiya” you won’t learn in a Russian history class