Danube Cossack Host

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Danube Cossack Host

 

formed in 1806 in southern Bessarabia as the Ust’-Danube, or Budzhak, Host out of former Zaporozh’e Cossacks who had gone to Turkey in 1775 and later went over to the Russian side. Disbanded in 1807, it was reorganized in 1828 as the Danube Cossack Host out of former Ust’-Danube Cossacks, Trans-Danube Zaporozh’e Cossacks, and volunteers from the South Slavic countries. The host patrolled the border along the Danube and the Prut, as well as the Black Sea coast. In 1858 the Danube Cossack Host numbered ten stanitsy (cossack villages) with 12,000 people. In 1856 it was renamed the Novorossiisk Cossack Host. The host was disbanded in 1868.

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