Cahul County

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Județul Cahul
County (Județ)
Coat of arms of Județul Cahul
Coat of arms
Romania 1930 county Cahul.png
Country Flag of Romania.svg Romania
Historic region Bessarabia
Capital city (Reședință de județ) Cahul
Established 1925
Ceased to exist Administrative and Constitutional Reform in 1938
 • Total 4,442 km2 (1,715 sq mi)
Population (1930)
 • Total 194,631
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Cahul County was a county of Bessarabia. In the Middle Ages, its territory belonged to the Fălciu County, but after the annexation of Bessarabia by the Russian Empire in 1812 it became a county by itself.

Before 1940[edit]

Two smaller, Codru County and Greceni County were merged into it in 1818. Cahul County was part of the Bessarabia Governorate of the Russian Empire (1812–1856), of the Principality of Moldavia (1856–1859), then or Romania (1859–1878). In 1878, it was again annexed by the Russians, who merged it with the Ismail County. After the Union of Bessarabia with Romania in 1918, the county was again formed.


The county neighboured the counties of Cetatea Albă and Tighina to the east, Lăpușna to the north, County, Tutova and Covurlui to the west, and Ismail to the south.


The county consisted of five districts (plăṣi):

After 1938[edit]

After the 1938 Administrative and Constitutional Reform, this county merged with the counties of Brăila, Covurlui, Fălciu, Ismail, Putna, Râmnicu Sărat, Tecuci, Tulcea and Tutova to form Ținutul Dunării.

After 1940[edit]

Subsequent to the Soviet occupation of Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina in 1940, counties were abolished, and smaller raion subdivisions were introduced. After the independence, the Republic of Moldova reintroduced counties in 1998, but cancelled them in 2003. Just before that, a small part, which became known as Taraclia County was split from the Cahul County.

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Coordinates: 45°50′N 28°20′E / 45.833°N 28.333°E / 45.833; 28.333