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WALLACHIA or WALACHIA (Romanian : Țara Românească pronounced ; archaic: Țeara Rumânească, Romanian Cyrillic alphabet : Цѣра Румѫнѣскъ) is a historical and geographical region of Romania . It is situated north of the Lower Danube
Danube
and south of the Southern Carpathians . Wallachia
Wallachia
is traditionally divided into two sections, Muntenia (Greater Wallachia) and Oltenia (Lesser Wallachia). Wallachia as a whole is sometimes referred to as MUNTENIA through identification with the larger of the two traditional sections.

Wallachia
Wallachia
was founded as a principality in the early 14th century by Basarab I , after a rebellion against Charles I of Hungary
Charles I of Hungary
, although the first mention of the territory of Wallachia
Wallachia
west of the river Olt dates to a charter given to the voivode Seneslau in 1246 by Béla IV of Hungary . In 1417, Wallachia
Wallachia
accepted the suzerainty of the Ottoman Empire ; this lasted until the 19th century, albeit with brief periods of Russian occupation between 1768 and 1854. In 1859, Wallachia
Wallachia
united with Moldavia to form the United Principalities , which adopted the name Romania
Romania
in 1866 and officially became the Kingdom of Romania
Romania
in 1881. Later, following the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the resolution of the elected representatives of Romanians in 1918, Bukovina , Transylvania and parts of Banat , Crișana
Crișana
and Maramureș were allocated to the Kingdom of Romania, forming the modern Romanian state.

CONTENTS

* 1 Etymology

* 1.1 Black Wallachia
Wallachia

* 2 History

* 2.1 Ancient times * 2.2 Early Middle Ages * 2.3 Creation

* 2.4 1400–1600

* 2.4.1 Mircea the Elder to Radu the Great * 2.4.2 Mihnea cel Rău to Petru Cercel

* 2.5 17th century * 2.6 Russo-Turkish Wars and the Phanariotes
Phanariotes

* 2.7 From Wallachia
Wallachia
to Romania
Romania

* 2.7.1 Early 19th century * 2.7.2 1840s–1850s

* 3 Society

* 3.1 Slavery

* 4 Geography

* 4.1 Map gallery

* 5 Population

* 5.1 Historical population * 5.2 Current population * 5.3 Cities

* 6 See also * 7 Notes * 8 References * 9 External links

ETYMOLOGY

The name Wallachia, generally not used by Romanians themselves (but present in some contexts as Valahia or Vlahia), is derived from the word "walha " used by Germanic peoples to describe Celts, and later romanized Celts and all Romance-speaking people. In Northwestern Europe this gave rise to Wales
Wales
, Cornwall
Cornwall
, Wallonia , among others, while in Southeast Europe it evolved into the ethnonym Vlach , used to designate Germanic speakers' Romance -speaking neighbours, and subsequently taken over by Slavic -speakers to refer to Romanians, with variants such as Vlach, Blach, Bloc, Bloh, Boloh etc.—see also Vlachs
Vlachs
.

In the Early Middle Ages , in Slavonic texts, the name Zemli Ungro-Vlahiskoi (Земли Унгро-Влахискои or "Hungaro-Wallachian Land") was also used as a designation for its location. The term, translated in Romanian as "Ungrovalahia", remained in use up to the modern era in a religious context, referring to the Romanian Orthodox Metropolitan seat of Hungaro- Wallachia
Wallachia
, in contrast to Thessalian or Great Wallachia in Greece or Small Wallachia
Wallachia
(Mala Vlaška) in Serbia. Official designations of the state were Muntenia (The Land of Mountains) and Țara Românească (Terra Romana, or The Romanian Land).

For long periods after the 14th century, Wallachia
Wallachia
was referred to as Vlaško (Bulgarian : Влашко) by Bulgarian sources, Vlaška (Serbian : Влашка) by Serbian sources, Voloschyna (Ukrainian : Волощина) by Ukrainian sources and Walachei or Walachey by German-speaking (Transylvanian Saxon ) sources. The traditional Hungarian name for Wallachia
Wallachia
is Havasalföld, literally "Snowy Lowlands", the older form of which is Havaselve, meaning "Land beyond the snowy mountains" ("snowy mountains" refers to the – Southern Carpathians (the Transylvanian Alps) ); its translation into Latin, Transalpina was used in the official royal documents of Kingdom of Hungary. In Ottoman Turkish , the term Eflâk Prensliği, or simply ''Eflâk افلاق, appears. (Note that in a turn of linguistic luck utterly in favor of the Wallachians' eastward posterity, this toponym, at least according to the phonotactics of modern Turkish, is homophonous with another word, افلاک, meaning "heavens" or "skies".)

Arabic chronicles from the 13th century had used only the name of Wallachia
Wallachia
instead of Kingdom of Bulgaria
Bulgaria
and gave the Arabic coordinates of Wallachia
Wallachia
and specified that Wallachia
Wallachia
was named al-Awalak and the dwellers ulaqut or ulagh.

BLACK WALLACHIA

Mavrovlachia (Greek : Μαυροβλαχία; Black Wallachia) is another name of Moldavia, with Mavrovlachi being another name of the Balkan Vlachs
Vlachs
or Aromanians
Aromanians
. Both names could come from a confusion: Kara Iflak, the Turkish name of Wallachia, means "land of Wallachians"; but later kara ("land") was misconstrued as kara ("black").

Later, the Turks renamed Moldavia and Wallachia, respectively, as Kara Iflak ("Black Wallachia": Moldavia) and Ak Iflak ("White Wallachia": Wallachia); (according to the Turkish cardinal points symbolism, north is symbolized by black, and west is symbolized by white). Ardeal/Erdel was the name of Transylvania, and Kara Iflak, "Northern Wallachia" was either Wallachia, north of the Balkan territories inhabited by Vlachs, or Moldavia (north of Wallachia). The second explanation is typologically better.

HISTORY

PART OF A SERIES ON THE

HISTORY OF ROMANIA

Prehistory

* Cucuteni-Trypillian culture * Hamangia culture
Hamangia culture
* Bronze Age in Romania
Romania
* Prehistory of Transylvania

Antiquity

* Dacia * Dacian Wars * Roman Dacia * Origin of the Romanians

Middle Ages (Early )

* History of Transylvania * Foundation of Wallachia * Foundation of Moldavia

Early Modern Times

* Principality of Transylvania * Eyalet of Temesvar * Varat Eyalet * Phanariotes
Phanariotes
* Danubian Principalities
Danubian Principalities

National Awakening

* Transylvanian School * Organic Statute * 1848 Moldavian Revolution * 1848 Wallachian Revolution * United Principalities * ASTRA * War of Independence
Independence

Kingdom of Romania
Romania

* World War I * Union with Transylvania * Union with Bessarabia
Bessarabia
* Greater Romania
Romania
* Soviet occupation of Bessarabia
Bessarabia
and Northern Bukovina * World War II

Socialist Republic of Romania
Romania

* Soviet occupation * Revolution

Post-Revolution

* Romania
Romania
since 1989

By topic

* Timeline * Military history * Christianity * Romanian language
Romanian language

By historical region

* Banat * Bessarabia
Bessarabia
* Bukovina * Dobruja * Crișana
Crișana
* Maramureș * Moldavia * Muntenia * Oltenia * Transylvania * Wallachia
Wallachia

* COMMONS * CENTURIES IN ROMANIA

Romania
Romania
portal

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ANCIENT TIMES

Main articles: Getae
Getae
, Dacians
Dacians
, Dacia , Trajan\'s Dacian Wars , Domitian\'s Dacian War , and Roman Dacia

In the Second Dacian War (AD 105) western Oltenia became part of the Roman province of Dacia , with parts of Wallachia
Wallachia
included in the Moesia Inferior
Moesia Inferior
province. The Roman limes was initially built along the Olt River (119), before being moved slightly to the east in the 2nd century—during which time it stretched from the Danube
Danube
up to Rucăr in the Carpathians. The Roman line fell back to the Olt in 245 and, in 271, the Romans pulled out of the region.

The area was subject to Romanization also during the Migration Period , when most of present-day Romania
Romania
was also invaded by Goths and Sarmatian peoples known as the Mureș-Cerneahov culture , followed by waves of other nomadic peoples. In 328, the Romans built a bridge between Sucidava and Oescus (near Gigen
Gigen
) which indicates that there was a significant trade with the peoples north of the Danube. A short period of Roman rule in the area is attested under Emperor Constantine I , after he attacked the Goths (who had settled north of the Danube) in 332. The period of Goth rule ended when the Huns arrived in the Pannonian Plain and, under Attila
Attila
, attacked and destroyed some 170 settlements on both sides of the Danube.

EARLY MIDDLE AGES

Main articles: Origin of the Romanians and Romania
Romania
in the Early Middle Ages

Byzantine influence is evident during the 5th to 6th century, such as the site at Ipotești-Cândești , but from the second half of the 6th century and in the 7th century Slavic peoples
Slavic peoples
crossed the territory of Wallachia
Wallachia
and settled in it, on their way to Byzantium, occupying the southern bank of the Danube. In 593, the Byzantine commander-in-chief Priscus defeated Slavs, Avars and Gepids on future Wallachian territory, and, in 602, Slavs suffered a crucial defeat in the area; Flavius Mauricius Tiberius , who ordered his army to be deployed north of the Danube, encountered his troops' strong opposition.

Wallachia
Wallachia
was under the control of the First Bulgarian Empire
First Bulgarian Empire
from its establishment in 681, until approximately the Magyar conquest of Transylvania at the end of the 10th century. With the decline and subsequent fall of the Bulgarian state to Byzantium (from the second half of the 10th century up to 1018), Wallachia
Wallachia
came under the control of the Pechenegs (a Turkic people) who extended their rule west through the 10th and 11th century, until they were defeated around 1091, when the Cumans
Cumans
of southern Ruthenia took control of the lands of Wallachia. Beginning with the 10th century, Byzantine, Bulgarian, Hungarian, and later Western sources mention the existence of small polities, possibly peopled by, among others, Vlachs
Vlachs
/ Romanians led by knyazes and voivodes .

In 1241, during the Mongol invasion of Europe , Cuman domination was ended—a direct Mongol rule over Wallachia
Wallachia
was not attested, but it remains probable. Part of Wallachia
Wallachia
was probably briefly disputed by the Hungarian Kingdom and Bulgarians in the following period, but it appears that the severe weakening of Hungarian authority during the Mongol attacks contributed to the establishment of the new and stronger polities attested in Wallachia
Wallachia
for the following decades.

CREATION

Main article: Foundation of Wallachia The Battle of Posada in the Chronicon Pictum
Chronicon Pictum

One of the first written pieces of evidence of local voivodes is in connection with Litovoi (1272), who ruled over land each side of the Carpathians (including Hațeg Country in Transylvania), and refused to pay tribute to the Hungarian King Ladislaus IV of Hungary
Ladislaus IV of Hungary
. His successor was his brother Bărbat (1285–1288). The continuing weakening of the Hungarian state by further Mongol invasions (1285–1319) and the fall of the Árpád dynasty
Árpád dynasty
opened the way for the unification of Wallachian polities, and to independence from Hungarian rule. The seal of Voivode Mircea the Elder from 1390, depicting the coat of arms of Wallachia
Wallachia

Wallachia's creation, held by local traditions to have been the work of one Radu Negru (Black Radu), is historically connected with Basarab I (1310–1352), who rebelled against Charles I of Hungary
Charles I of Hungary
and took up rule on either side of the Olt River , establishing his residence in Câmpulung as the first ruler of the House of Basarab . Basarab refused to grant Hungary the lands of Făgăraș , Almaş and the Banate of Severin
Banate of Severin
, defeated Charles in the Battle of Posada (1330), and extended his lands to the east, to comprise lands as far as Kilia (in the Bujak ), as the origin of Bessarabia
Bessarabia
); rule over the latter was not preserved by the princes that followed, as Kilia fell to the Nogais ca.1334.

Basarab was succeeded by Nicolae Alexandru
Nicolae Alexandru
, followed by Vladislav I . Vladislav attacked Transylvania after Louis I occupied lands south of the Danube
Danube
, conceded to recognize him as overlord in 1368, but rebelled again in the same year; his rule also witnessed the first confrontation between Wallachia
Wallachia
and the Ottoman Turks (a battle in which Vladislav was allied with Ivan Shishman of Bulgaria
Bulgaria
). Under Radu I and his successor Dan I , the realms in Transylvania and Severin continued to be disputed with Hungary.

1400–1600

Main article: Romania
Romania
in the Middle Ages

Mircea The Elder To Radu The Great

Territories held by Wallachian prince Mircea the Elder, c. 1390

As the entire Balkan Peninsula
Balkan Peninsula
became an integral part of the growing Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
(a process that concluded with the fall of Constantinople
Constantinople
to Sultan Mehmed II in 1453), Wallachia
Wallachia
became engaged in frequent confrontations in the final years of Mircea the Elder 's reign. Mircea (reigned 1386–1418) initially defeated the Ottomans in several battles (including that of Rovine in 1394), driving them away from Dobruja and briefly extending his rule to the Danube
Danube
Delta , Dobruja and Silistra
Silistra
(ca.1400–1404). He swung between alliances with Sigismund of Hungary and Jagiellon Poland (taking part in the Battle of Nicopolis
Battle of Nicopolis
), and accepted a peace treaty with the Ottomans in 1417, after Mehmed I took control of Turnu Măgurele and Giurgiu . The two ports remained part of the Ottoman state, with brief interruptions, until 1829. In 1418–1420, Mihai I defeated the Ottomans in Severin, only to be killed in battle by the counter-offensive; in 1422, the danger was averted for a short while when Dan II inflicted a defeat on Murad II
Murad II
with the help of Pippo Spano . Wallachia
Wallachia
as pictured in the 1493 Nuremberg Chronicle

The peace signed in 1428 inaugurated a period of internal crisis, as Dan had to defend himself against Radu Prasnaglava , who led the first in a series of boyar coalitions against established princes. Victorious in 1431 (the year when the boyar-backed Alexandru I Aldea took the throne), boyars were dealt successive blows by Vlad II Dracul (1436–1442; 1443–1447), who nevertheless attempted to compromise between the Porte and the Holy Roman Empire
Roman Empire
.

The following decade was marked by the conflict between the rival houses of Dănești and Drăculești . Faced with both internal and external conflict, Vlad II Dracul reluctantly agreed to pay the tribute demanded of him by the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
, despite his affiliation with the Order of the Dragon
Order of the Dragon
, a group of independent nobleman whose creed had been to repel the Ottoman invasion. As part of the tribute, the sons of Vlad II Dracul ( Radu III the Fair and Vlad III Dracula
Dracula
) were taken into Ottoman custody. Recognizing the Christian
Christian
resistance to their invasion, leaders of the Ottoman Empire released Vlad III Dracula
Vlad III Dracula
to rule in 1448 after his father's assassination in 1447.

Better known as Vlad the Impaler or Vlad III Dracula, he immediately put to death the boyars who had conspired against his father and was characterized as both a hero and a villain. He was cheered for restoring order to a destabilized principality, yet showed no mercy toward thieves, murderers or anyone who plotted against his rule. Vlad demonstrated his intolerance for criminals by utilizing impalement as a form of execution, having learned of the method of the Khazouk from his youth spent in Ottoman captivity. Vlad fiercely resisted Ottoman rule, having both repelled the Ottomans and been pushed back several times. The Saxons were furious with him for strengthening the borders of Wallachia, which interfered with their stranglehold on the trade routes. In retaliation, the Saxons distributed grotesque poems of cruelty and other propaganda, demonizing Vlad III Dracula
Vlad III Dracula
as a drinker of blood. These tales strongly influenced an eruption of vampiric fiction throughout the West and, in particular, Germany. As well, some are convinced that the main character in the 1897 Gothic novel Dracula by Bram Stoker
Bram Stoker
was modelled on Vlad III Dracula
Vlad III Dracula
but there is no supporting evidence. Stoker borrowed only the name and "scraps of miscellaneous information" about Romanian history, according to one expert, Elizabeth Miller ; as well, and there are no comments about Vlad III in the author's working notes.

In 1462, Vlad III defeated Mehmed II 's offensive during The Night Attack before being forced to retreat to Târgoviște and accepting to pay an increased tribute. Meanwhile, Vlad III faced parallel conflicts with his brother Radu III the Fair (Radu cel Frumos who ruled 1437/1439—1475), who had at this time become Muslim, and Laiotă Basarab . This led to the conquest of Wallachia
Wallachia
by Radu who would rule it for 11 years until his death. Subsequently, Radu IV the Great (Radu cel Mare, who ruled 1495–1508) reached several compromises with the boyars, ensuring a period of internal stability that contrasted his clash with Bogdan the Blind of Moldavia.

Mihnea Cel Rău To Petru Cercel

The late 15th century saw the ascension of the powerful Craiovești family, virtually independent rulers of the Oltenian banat , who sought Ottoman support in their rivalry with Mihnea cel Rău (1508–1510) and replaced him with Vlăduț . After the latter proved to be hostile to the bans, the House of Basarab formally ended with the rise of Neagoe Basarab , a Craioveşti. Neagoe's peaceful rule (1512–1521) was noted for its cultural aspects (the building of the Curtea de Argeş Cathedral
Curtea de Argeş Cathedral
and Renaissance
Renaissance
influences). It was also a period of increased influence for the Saxon merchants in Brașov and Sibiu
Sibiu
, and of Wallachia's alliance with Louis II of Hungary . Under Teodosie , the country was again under a four-month-long Ottoman occupation, a military administration that seemed to be an attempt to create a Wallachian Pashaluk . This danger rallied all boyars in support of Radu de la Afumaţi (four rules between 1522 and 1529), who lost the battle after an agreement between the Craiovești and Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent ; Prince Radu eventually confirmed Süleyman's position as suzerain and agreed to pay an even higher tribute. Wallachia
Wallachia
(highlighted in green) towards the end of the 16th century

Ottoman suzerainty remained virtually unchallenged throughout the following 90 years. Radu Paisie , who was deposed by Süleyman in 1545, ceded the port of Brăila
Brăila
to Ottoman administration in the same year. His successor Mircea Ciobanul (1545–1554; 1558–1559), a prince without any claim to noble heritage, was imposed on the throne and consequently agreed to a decrease in autonomy (increasing taxes and carrying out an armed intervention in Transylvania — supporting the pro-Turkish John Zápolya ). Conflicts between boyar families became stringent after the rule of Pătrașcu the Good , and boyar ascendancy over rulers was obvious under Petru the Younger (1559–1568; a reign dominated by Doamna Chiajna and marked by huge increases in taxes), Mihnea Turcitul , and Petru Cercel .

The Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
increasingly relied on Wallachia
Wallachia
and Moldavia for the supply and maintenance of its military forces ; the local army , however, soon disappeared due to the increased costs and the much more obvious efficiency of mercenary troops.

17TH CENTURY

Main article: Early Modern Romania
Romania
Fighting between Michael the Brave and the Ottomans in Giurgiu , 1595

Initially profiting from Ottoman support, Michael the Brave ascended to the throne in 1593, and attacked the troops of Murad III north and south of the Danube
Danube
in an alliance with Transylvania's Sigismund Báthory and Moldavia's Aron Vodă (see Battle of Călugăreni
Battle of Călugăreni
). He soon placed himself under the suzerainty of Rudolf II , the Holy Roman Emperor , and, in 1599–1600, intervened in Transylvania against Poland 's king Sigismund III Vasa
Sigismund III Vasa
, placing the region under his authority; his brief rule also extended to Moldavia later in the following year. For a brief period, Michael the Brave ruled (in a personal, but not formal, union ) all the territories where Romanians lived, rebuilding the mainland of the ancient Kingdom of Dacia . The rule of Michael the Brave, with its break with Ottoman rule, tense relations with other European powers and the leadership of the three states, was considered in later periods as the precursor of a modern Romania
Romania
, a thesis which was argued with noted intensity by Nicolae Bălcescu . Following Michael's downfall, Wallachia
Wallachia
was occupied by the Polish–Moldavian army of Simion Movilă
Simion Movilă
(see Moldavian Magnate Wars ), who held the region until 1602, and was subject to Nogai attacks in the same year. Counties of Wallachia, 1601–1718

The last stage in the Growth of the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
brought increased pressures on Wallachia: political control was accompanied by Ottoman economical hegemony, the discarding of the capital in Târgoviște in favour of Bucharest
Bucharest
(closer to the Ottoman border, and a rapidly growing trade center), the establishment of serfdom under Michael the Brave as a measure to increase manorial revenues, and the decrease in importance of low-ranking boyars (threatened with extinction, they took part in the seimeni rebellion of 1655). Furthermore, the growing importance of appointment to high office in front of land ownership brought about an influx of Greek and Levantine families, a process already resented by locals during the rules of Radu Mihnea
Radu Mihnea
in the early 17th century. Matei Basarab , a boyar appointee, brought a long period of relative peace (1632–1654), with the noted exception of the 1653 Battle of Finta , fought between Wallachians and the troops of Moldavian prince Vasile Lupu —ending in disaster for the latter, who was replaced with Prince Matei's favourite, Gheorghe Ștefan , on the throne in Iași
Iași
. A close alliance between Gheorghe Ștefan and Matei's successor Constantin Șerban was maintained by Transylvania's George II Rákóczi , but their designs for independence from Ottoman rule were crushed by the troops of Mehmed IV in 1658–1659. The reigns of Gheorghe Ghica and Grigore I Ghica , the sultan's favourites, signified attempts to prevent such incidents; however, they were also the onset of a violent clash between the Băleanu and Cantacuzino boyar families, which was to mark Wallachia's history until the 1680s. The Cantacuzinos, threatened by the alliance between the Băleanus and the Ghicas , backed their own choice of princes ( Antonie Vodă din Popești and George Ducas ) before promoting themselves—with the ascension of Șerban Cantacuzino
Șerban Cantacuzino
(1678–1688).

RUSSO-TURKISH WARS AND THE PHANARIOTES

Main articles: History of the Russo-Turkish wars and Phanariotes
Phanariotes
The Balkans
Balkans
in 1699

Wallachia
Wallachia
became a target for Habsburg incursions during the last stages of the Great Turkish War around 1690, when the ruler Constantin Brâncoveanu secretly and unsuccessfully negotiated an anti-Ottoman coalition. Brâncoveanu's reign (1688–1714), noted for its late Renaissance
Renaissance
cultural achievements (see Brâncovenesc style
Brâncovenesc style
), also coincided with the rise of Imperial Russia under Tsar Peter the Great —he was approached by the latter during the Russo-Turkish War of 1710–11 , and lost his throne and life sometime after sultan Ahmed III caught news of the negotiations. Despite his denunciation of Brâncoveanu's policies, Ștefan Cantacuzino
Ștefan Cantacuzino
attached himself to Habsburg projects and opened the country to the armies of Prince Eugene of Savoy ; he was himself deposed and executed in 1716.

Immediately following the deposition of Prince Ștefan, the Ottomans renounced the purely nominal elective system (which had by then already witnessed the decrease in importance of the Boyar Divan over the sultan's decision), and princes of the two Danubian Principalities were appointed from the Phanariotes
Phanariotes
of Constantinople
Constantinople
. Inaugurated by Nicholas Mavrocordatos in Moldavia after Dimitrie Cantemir
Dimitrie Cantemir
, Phanariote rule was brought to Wallachia
Wallachia
in 1715 by the very same ruler. The tense relations between boyars and princes brought a decrease in the number of taxed people (as a privilege gained by the former), a subsequent increase in total taxes, and the enlarged powers of a boyar circle in the Divan. The troops of Prince Josias of Coburg in Bucharest
Bucharest
, 1789

In parallel, Wallachia
Wallachia
became the battleground in a succession of wars between the Ottomans on one side and Russia or the Habsburg Monarchy on the other. Mavrocordatos himself was deposed by a boyar rebellion, and arrested by Habsburg troops during the Austro-Turkish War of 1716–18 , as the Ottomans had to concede Oltenia to Charles VI of Austria (the Treaty of Passarowitz ). The region, subject to an enlightened absolutist rule that soon disenchanted local boyars, was returned to Wallachia
Wallachia
in 1739 (the Treaty of Belgrade , upon the close of the Austro-Russian–Turkish War (1735–39) ). Prince Constantine Mavrocordatos , who oversaw the new change in borders, was also responsible for the effective abolition of serfdom in 1746 (which put a stop to the exodus of peasants into Transylvania ); during this period, the ban of Oltenia moved his residence from Craiova
Craiova
to Bucharest
Bucharest
, signalling, alongside Mavrocordatos' order to merge his personal treasury with that of the country, a move towards centralism .

In 1768, during the Fifth Russo-Turkish War , Wallachia
Wallachia
was placed under its first Russian occupation (helped along by the rebellion of Pârvu Cantacuzino ). The Treaty of Küçük Kaynarca (1774) allowed Russia to intervene in favour of Eastern Orthodox Ottoman subjects, curtailing Ottoman pressures—including the decrease in sums owed as tribute —and, in time, relatively increasing internal stability while opening Wallachia
Wallachia
to more Russian interventions. Principality of Wallachia, 1793–1812, highlighted in green

Habsburg troops, under Prince Josias of Coburg
Prince Josias of Coburg
, again entered the country during the Russo-Turkish-Austrian War , deposing Nicholas Mavrogenes in 1789. A period of crisis followed the Ottoman recovery: Oltenia was devastated by the expeditions of Osman Pazvantoğlu , a powerful rebellious pasha whose raids even caused prince Constantine Hangerli to lose his life on suspicion of treason (1799), and Alexander Mourousis to renounce his throne (1801). In 1806, the Russo-Turkish War of 1806–12 was partly instigated by the Porte 's deposition of Constantine Ypsilantis in Bucharest—in tune with the Napoleonic Wars
Napoleonic Wars
, it was instigated by the French Empire , and also showed the impact of the Treaty of Küçük Kaynarca (with its permissive attitude towards Russian political influence in the Danubian Principalities
Danubian Principalities
); the war brought the invasion of Mikhail Andreyevich Miloradovich . After the Peace of Bucharest
Bucharest
, the rule of Jean Georges Caradja , although remembered for a major plague epidemic , was notable for its cultural and industrial ventures. During the period, Wallachia
Wallachia
increased its strategic importance for most European states interested in supervising Russian expansion; consulates were opened in Bucharest, having an indirect but major impact on Wallachian economy through the protection they extended to Sudiți
Sudiți
traders (who soon competed successfully against local guilds).

FROM WALLACHIA TO ROMANIA

Main article: National awakening of Romania
Romania

Early 19th Century

The death of prince Alexander Soutzos in 1821, coinciding with the outbreak of the Greek War of Independence
Independence
, established a boyar regency which attempted to block the arrival of Scarlat Callimachi to his throne in Bucharest. The parallel uprising in Oltenia , carried out by the Pandur leader Tudor Vladimirescu
Tudor Vladimirescu
, although aimed at overthrowing the ascendancy of Greeks , compromised with the Greek revolutionaries in the Filiki Eteria and allied itself with the regents, while seeking Russian support (see also: Rise of nationalism under the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
). The Legislative Assembly of Wallachia
Wallachia
in 1837

On March 21, 1821, Vladimirescu entered Bucharest. For the following weeks, relations between him and his allies worsened, especially after he sought an agreement with the Ottomans; Eteria's leader Alexander Ypsilantis , who had established himself in Moldavia and, after May, in northern Wallachia, viewed the alliance as broken—he had Vladimirescu executed, and faced the Ottoman intervention without Pandur or Russian backing, suffering major defeats in Bucharest
Bucharest
and Drăgășani (before retreating to Austrian custody in Transylvania ). These violent events, which had seen the majority of Phanariotes siding with Ypsilantis, made Sultan Mahmud II
Mahmud II
place the Principalities under its occupation (evicted by a request of several European powers), and sanction the end of Phanariote rules: in Wallachia, the first prince to be considered a local one after 1715 was Grigore IV Ghica . Although the new system was confirmed for the rest of Wallachia's existence as a state, Ghica's rule was abruptly ended by the devastating Russo-Turkish War of 1828–1829 .

The 1829 Treaty of Adrianople , without overturning Ottoman suzerainty , placed Wallachia
Wallachia
and Moldavia under Russian military rule, awarding them the first common institutions and the semblance of a constitution (see Regulamentul Organic ). Wallachia
Wallachia
was returned ownership of Brăila
Brăila
, Giurgiu (both of which soon developed into major trading cities on the Danube
Danube
), and Turnu Măgurele . The treaty also allowed Moldavia and Wallachia
Wallachia
to freely trade with countries other than the Ottoman Empire, which signalled substantial economic and urban growth, as well as improving the peasant situation. Many of the provisions had been specified by the 1826 Akkerman Convention between Russia and the Ottomans (it had never been fully implemented in the three-year interval). The duty of overseeing of the Principalities was left to Russian general Pavel Kiselyov ; this interval was marked by a series of major changes, including the reestablishment of a Wallachian Army (1831), a tax reform (which nonetheless confirmed tax exemptions for the privileged ), as well as major urban works in Bucharest
Bucharest
and other cities. In 1834, Wallachia's throne was occupied by Alexandru II Ghica —a move in contradiction with the Adrianople treaty, as he had not been elected by the new Legislative Assembly ; removed by the suzerains in 1842, he was replaced with an elected prince, Gheorghe Bibescu
Gheorghe Bibescu
.

1840s–1850s

Main article: Wallachian Revolution of 1848 1848 revolutionaries carrying an early version of the flag of Romania
Romania
. The text on the flag can be translated as: "Justice, Brotherhood".

Opposition to Ghica's arbitrary and highly conservative rule, together with the rise of liberal and radical currents, was first felt with the protests voiced by Ion Câmpineanu (quickly repressed); subsequently, it became increasingly conspiratorial , and centered on those secret societies created by young officers such as Nicolae Bălcescu and Mitică Filipescu . Frăția, a clandestine movement created in 1843, began planning a revolution to overthrow Bibescu and repeal Regulamentul Organic in 1848 (inspired by the European rebellions of the same year ). Their pan-Wallachian coup d\'état was initially successful only near Turnu Măgurele , where crowds cheered the Islaz Proclamation
Islaz Proclamation
(June 9); among others, the document called for political freedoms , independence, land reform , and the creation of a national guard. On June 11–12, the movement was successful in deposing Bibescu and establishing a Provisional Government. Although sympathetic to the anti-Russian goals of the revolution, the Ottomans were pressured by Russia into repressing it: Ottoman troops entered Bucharest
Bucharest
on September 13. Russian and Turkish troops, present until 1851, brought Barbu Dimitrie Știrbei
Barbu Dimitrie Știrbei
to the throne, during which interval most participants in the revolution were sent into exile. Wallachia
Wallachia
(in green), after Treaty of Paris (1856)
Treaty of Paris (1856)

Briefly under renewed Russian occupation during the Crimean War , Wallachia
Wallachia
and Moldavia were given a new status with a neutral Austrian administration (1854–1856) and the Treaty of Paris : a tutelage shared by Ottomans and a Congress of Great Powers (Britain, France, the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia
Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia
, the Austrian Empire, Prussia, and, albeit never again fully, Russia), with a kaymakam -led internal administration. The emerging movement for a union of the Danubian Principalities (a demand first voiced in 1848, and a cause cemented by the return of revolutionary exiles) was advocated by the French and their Sardinian allies, supported by Russia and Prussia, but was rejected or suspicioned by all other overseers. Wallachia's ad hoc divan in 1857

After an intense campaign, a formal union was ultimately granted: nevertheless, elections for the ad hoc divans of 1859 profited from a legal ambiguity (the text of the final agreement specified two thrones, but did not prevent any single person from simultaneously taking part in and winning elections in both Bucharest
Bucharest
and Iași
Iași
). Alexander John Cuza , who ran for the unionist Partida Națională , won the elections in Moldavia on January 5; Wallachia, which was expected by the unionists to carry the same vote, returned a majority of anti-unionists to its divan.

Those elected changed their allegiance after a mass protest of Bucharest
Bucharest
crowds, and Cuza was voted prince of Wallachia
Wallachia
on February 5 (January 24 Old Style ), consequently confirmed as Domnitor
Domnitor
of the United Principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia
Wallachia
(of Romania
Romania
from 1862). Internationally recognized only for the duration of his reign, the union was irreversible after the ascension of Carol I in 1866 (coinciding with the Austro-Prussian War
Austro-Prussian War
, it came at a time when Austria, the main opponent of the decision, was not in a position to intervene).

SOCIETY

SLAVERY

Slavery (Romanian : robie) was part of the social order from before the founding of the Principality of Wallachia, until it was abolished in stages during the 1840s and 1850s. Most of the slaves were of Roma (Gypsy) ethnicity. The very first document attesting the presence of Roma people in Wallachia
Wallachia
dates back to 1385, and refers to the group as ațigani (from the Greek athinganoi , the origin of the Romanian term țigani, which is synonymous with "Gypsy").

The exact origins of slavery are not known. Slavery was a common practice in Europe at the time, and there is some debate over whether the Romani people came to Wallachia
Wallachia
as free men or as slaves. In the Byzantine Empire
Byzantine Empire
, they were slaves of the state and it seems the situation was the same in Bulgaria
Bulgaria
and Serbia
Serbia
until their social organization was destroyed by the Ottoman conquest, which would suggest that they came as slaves who had a change of 'ownership'. Historian Nicolae Iorga
Nicolae Iorga
associated the Roma people's arrival with the 1241 Mongol invasion of Europe and considered their slavery as a vestige of that era, the Romanians taking the Roma from the Mongols
Mongols
as slaves and preserving their status. Other historians consider that they were enslaved while captured during the battles with the Tatars. The practice of enslaving prisoners may also have been taken from the Mongols. While it is possible that some Romani people were slaves or auxiliary troops of the Mongols
Mongols
or Tatars, the bulk of them came from south of the Danube
Danube
at the end of the 14th century, some time after the foundation of Wallachia
Wallachia
. The arrival of the Roma made slavery a widespread practice.

Traditionally, Roma slaves were divided into three categories. The smallest was owned by the hospodars, and went by the Romanian-language name of țigani domnești ("Gypsies belonging to the lord"). The two other categories comprised țigani mănăstirești ("Gypsies belonging to the monasteries"), who were the property of Romanian Orthodox and Greek Orthodox monasteries, and țigani boierești ("Gypsies belonging to the boyars"), who were enslaved by the category of landowners.

The abolition of slavery was carried out following a campaign by young revolutionaries who embraced the liberal ideas of the Enlightenment . The earliest law which freed a category of slaves was in March 1843, which transferred the control of the state slaves owned by the prison authority to the local authorities, leading to their sedentarizing and becoming peasants. During the Wallachian Revolution of 1848 , the agenda of the Provisional Government included the emancipation (dezrobire) of the Roma as one of the main social demands. By the 1850s the movement gained support from almost the whole of Romanian society, and the law from February 1856 emancipated all slaves to the status of taxpayers (citizens).

GEOGRAPHY

The present-day counties comprising Wallachia
Wallachia

With an area of approximately 77,000 km2 (30,000 sq mi), Wallachia
Wallachia
is situated north of the Danube
Danube
(and of present-day Bulgaria
Bulgaria
), east of Serbia
Serbia
and south of the Southern Carpathians , and is traditionally divided between Muntenia in the east (as the political center, Muntenia is often understood as being synonymous with Wallachia), and Oltenia (a former banat ) in the west. The division line between the two is the Olt River .

Wallachia's traditional border with Moldavia coincided with the Milcov River for most of its length. To the east, over the Danube north-south bend, Wallachia
Wallachia
neighbours Dobruja (Northern Dobruja ). Over the Carpathians, Wallachia
Wallachia
shared a border with Transylvania ; Wallachian princes have for long held possession of areas north of the line ( Amlaș , Ciceu
Ciceu
, Făgăraș , and Hațeg ), which are generally not considered part of Wallachia
Wallachia
proper.

The capital city changed over time, from Câmpulung to Curtea de Argeș , then to Târgoviște and, after the late 17th century, to Bucharest
Bucharest
.

MAP GALLERY

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Wallachia, 1771 *

Wallachia, late 17th century – early 18th century, by the Stolnic Constantin Cantacuzino *

The Principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia
Wallachia
in 1786, Italian map by G. Pittori, after the geographer Giovanni Antonio Rizzi Zannoni

POPULATION

HISTORICAL POPULATION

See also: Demographic history of Romania
Romania

Contemporary historians estimate the population of Wallachia
Wallachia
in the 15th century at 500,000 people. In 1859, the population of Wallachia was 2,400,921 (1,586,596 in Muntenia and 814,325 in Oltenia ).

CURRENT POPULATION

According to the latest 2002 census data, the region has a total population of approximately 8,750,000 inhabitants, distributed among the ethnic groups as follows: (97%), Roma (2.5%), others (0.5%).

CITIES

The largest cities (as per the 2011 census) in the Wallachia
Wallachia
region are:

* Bucharest
Bucharest
(1,677,985) * Craiova
Craiova
(243,765) * Ploiești (197,522) * Brăila
Brăila
(168,389) * Pitești
Pitești
(148,264) * Buzău (108,384) * Râmnicu Vâlcea (92,573) * Drobeta- Turnu Severin (86,475)

SEE ALSO

* Romania
Romania
portal

* History of Bucharest
Bucharest
* List of rulers of Wallachia
List of rulers of Wallachia
* Vlachs
Vlachs

NOTES

* ^ Romania
Romania
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