Saturday, July 31, 2004

Cracow, Republic Of

Also called �Free City of Cracow�, Cracow also spelled �Krak�w�, Polish �Krakowska Rzeczpospolita�, or �Wolne Miasto Krak�w� tiny state that, for the 31 years of its existence (1815 - 46), was the only remaining independent portion of Poland. Established by the Congress of Vienna at the conclusion of the Napoleonic Wars (1815), the free Republic of Cracow consisted of the ancient city of Cracow and the territory surrounding it. Containing a population of 95,000, it was placed under the joint protection of Austria, Prussia,


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