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Originally appearing in Volume V23, Page 936 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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RUSTCHUK (Bulg. Russe); the capital of the department of Rustchuk, Bulgaria, on the right bank of the Danube, where it receives the E. Lem. Pop. (r906) 33,552. Rustchuk is the headquarters of a military division and of a naval flotilla stationed on the Danube. As a river-port and the terminus of railways from Varna and from Sofia via Trnovo, it has much commercial importance; and it possesses tobacco and cigarette factories, soap-works, breweries, aerated water factories, dyeworks, tanneries, sawmills, brick and tile works and a celebrated pottery. In the time of the Romans Rustchuk was one of the fortified points along the line of the Danube. In the Tabula Peutingeriana it appears as Prisca, in the Antonine Itinerary as Serantaprista, in the. Notitia as Seragintaprista and in Ptolemy as Priste Polls. Destroyed by barbarian invaders in the 7th century the town recovered its importance only in comparatively modern times. In 1810 it was captured by the Russians, who destroyed the fortifications. It played an important part in the Russo-Turkish Wars" of 1828-29, 1853,-54 and 1877-78. In 1877 it was nearly destroyed by the Russian artillery stationed in the Rumanian town of Giurgevo, on the opposite bank of the Danube.
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My gandparents were from Rustchuk and I am not able to fine it on the map, or I should say on any atlas that I have, RanMcnally. They came in 1873, or at least my grand mother at that time was 14. Would appreciate any information. Thanks
Very useful information. Two of my uncles were Bulgarian and came from this city to Argentina. They were jewish and spoke ladin. I´ve told that most of the population of this town of jewish origin were killed by the nazis.
Rustchuk is today known as the city of Ruse on the Danube, opposite the Rumanian city of Giurgiu. You can find it in the Rand McNally atlas, p. 27. I have just discovered the marvelous German author, Elias Canetti, who spent his early childhood years in the early 1900s in Rustschuk.
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