Research: Abstract of the Napoleonic Era

Geography: Russia: Population, Land, Trade, etc. Circa 1790s


Extent in square miles ... 4,660,000
Number of inhabitants ... 25,000,000
Number of persons to a square mile ... 5
Extent in English acres ... 3,000,000,000
Number of acres to one person ...120
Revenue in pounds sterling ... 7,300,000
Public debt ... 10,000,000
Land forces in time of peace ... 380,000
Ditto, in time of war ... 530,000
Seamen in time of peace ... 20,000
Ditto, in time of war ... 40,000
Ships of the line ... 60
Frigates, sloops, &c. ... 60
Number of inhabitants in the capital ... 170,000
Number of cultivated acres, about ... 150,000,000
Number of parishes (146,000 clergy) ... 18,319
Exports to England , average ... 1,500,000
Imports from England , average ... 550,000
Great Divisions of the country, 44 distinct governments, 30 in Europe, 14 in Asia
Chief towns, Petersburgh 170,000, Moscow 250,000, Astracan 70,000, Cronstadt 60,000, persons
Longitude of central point of the country, 90º east
Latitude of ditto,  60º north
Longitude of the capital,  30º 19' east
Latitude of ditto,  59º 56"
Religion, Greek Catholic Church, of which the Emperor is chief; other religions tolerated
Amount of taxes on each individual, 6s 8d
Interest of money, 8 per cent

Source: Playfair, William. Statistical Breviary London: T. Bensley, 1801.

Provided by Tom Holmberg

Placed on the Napoleon Series: February 2007

 

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