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The Province of Hohenzollern
Province of Hohenzollern
(German: Provinz Hohenzollern) or the Hohenzollern Lands (German: Hohenzollernsche Lande) was a de facto province of the Kingdom of Prussia. It was created in 1850 by joining the principalities of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
and Hohenzollern-Hechingen
Hohenzollern-Hechingen
after both formerly independently ruling Catholic princely lines of the House of Hohenzollern
House of Hohenzollern
had handed over their sovereignty to Prussia, ruled by the Protestant Hohenzollern branch. Both used the same dynastic coat of arms as the one used by the Prussian royal family. Hohenzollern consisted of a single district, the Regierungsbezirk Sigmaringen; the capital was Sigmaringen. The last census recorded 74,151 inhabitants in 1939. While Hohenzollern enjoyed all the rights of a full-fledged province of Prussia, including representation in the Prussian parliament, its military matters were governed by the Rhine Province. The Regierungsbezirk
Regierungsbezirk
Sigmaringen
Sigmaringen
was further subdivided into seven Oberamtsbezirke, although only four of these remained by 1925, when they were merged and re-divided as two new Kreise. In 1946, the French military administration made it a part of the state of Württemberg-Hohenzollern. Hohenzollern has been part of the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg
Baden-Württemberg
since 1952. After regional reforms in 1973 the Hohenzollern borders were eliminated, with the region now belonging to the districts of Sigmaringen
Sigmaringen
and Zollernalbkreis, which also contain land that was not Hohenzollern territory. Gallery[edit]

Map of Hohenzollern in purple, c. 1930

Hohenzollern emblem with the eagle of the Free State of Prussia

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Territories and provinces of Prussia
Prussia
(1525–1947)

Before 1701

Duchy of Prussia Margraviate of Brandenburg Cleves / Mark / Ravensberg (1614) Farther Pomerania / Minden / Halberstadt (1648) Lauenburg–Bütow / Draheim
Draheim
(1657) Magdeburg (1680) Colonies

Gold Coast Arguin St. Thomas

After 1701

Neuchâtel (1707) Guelders (1713) Minden-Ravensberg (1719) Western Pomerania
Western Pomerania
(1720 / 1815) Silesia
Silesia
/ Glatz (1742) East Frisia (1744) East / West Prussia
Prussia
(1772–73) South Prussia
Prussia
(1793) New East Prussia
Prussia
/ New Silesia
Silesia
(1795)

Post-Congress of Vienna (1814–15)

Brandenburg Principality of Neuchâtel (1814–1848) Pomerania Grand Duchy of Posen1 Saxony Silesia Westphalia Rhine Province2 (1822) Province of Prussia
Prussia
(1824–1878) Hohenzollern (1850) Schleswig-Holstein / Hanover / Hesse-Nassau
Hesse-Nassau
(1866–68)

Territorial reforms after 1918

Lower / Upper Silesia
Silesia
(1919) Greater Berlin (1920) Posen-West Prussia
Prussia
(1922) Halle-Merseburg
Halle-Merseburg
/ Magdeburg / Kurhessen / Nassau (1944)

1 Became Province of Posen
Province of Posen
in 1848.   2 From the Lower Rhine and Jülich-Cleves-Berg.

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