PRUSSIA , in the
See also:original and narrower sense of the word, a territory of Germany, in the
See also:kingdom of Prussia, stretching along the Baltic
See also:coast for about 220 m., and occupying an
See also:area of 24,083 sq. m . The eastern
See also:part of this territory formed the duchy of Prussia, which was conquered and colonized by the Teutonic
See also:Order and was acquired by the elector of
See also:Brandenburg in 1618, furnishing his successor with his
See also:regal title in 1701 . The western part, which had been severed from the eastern
See also:half and assigned to Poland in 1466, was not annexed to Prussia until the
See also:partition of Poland in 1772, while the towns of
See also:Danzig and Thorn remained
See also:Polish down to 1793 . The two districts were
See also:united in 1824 to
See also:form a single province . But, as might have been expected, the union did not
See also:work well, and it was dissolved in 1878, its place being taken by the
See also:modern provinces of East and West Prussia .
PRUSSIA (Ger. Preussen; Lat. Borussia)
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