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HAIFA

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Originally appearing in Volume V12, Page 820 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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HAIFA  , a

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town of
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Palestine at the
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foot of Mt .
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Carmel, on the south of the
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Bay of Acre . It represents the classical Sycaminum, but the
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present town is entirely
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modern . It has
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developed since about 1890 into an important
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port, and is connected by railway with
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Damascus . The population is estimated at 12,000 (Moslems 6000, Christians 4000, Jews 1500, Germans Soo; the last belong for the greater
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part to the Unitarian
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sect of the "
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Templars," who have colonies also at Jaffa and Jerusalem) . The exports (grain and oil) were valued at £178,738 in 1900 . Much of the trade that formerly went to Acre has been attracted to Haifa . This port is the best natural harbour on the Palestine coast .

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