Daily Archives: June 11, 2013


BIEL     BIENNE. The town, now in northwest Switzerland, lies at the foot of the Jura Mountains and to the northeast of Lake Biel (Bielersee). It was founded by the Bishop of Basle, and remained part of the Prince-Bishopric at least … Continue reading

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BIBERACH   Now Biberach an der Riß (a tributary of the Danube), to distinguish it from several other Biberachs. Town in southwestern Germany, SSW of Ulm, and a former Imperial Free City, which today, with its surrounding district, forms a Landkreis … Continue reading

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BIAŁYSTOK   Former voivodship (Województwo białostockie) in northeastern Poland, named after its capital (Belostok or Byelostok in Russian). The city was founded in 1320 with the extension of Lithuania into the Podlasia region.  In the final partition of Poland in 1795 … Continue reading

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Biała Podlaska

BIAŁA PODLASKA Later a Voivodship (Województwo bialskopoldlaskie), 1975-99 Found in eastern Poland, south of Białystok, bordered in the east by the River Bug and, across the river, by Belarus. It lay in the south of the ancient region of Podlasia … Continue reading

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BÉZIERS Medieval Vicomté in southern France; A Bishopric. The town is on the River Orb and the Canal du Midi, northeast of Narbonne and southwest of Montpellier. In the early middle ages Béziers belonged to the March of Gothia, and … Continue reading

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BEYLERBEYILIK Area of provincial government in the Ottoman Empire, 14th-16th centuries, which then became known as an EYÂLET.

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