Friday, January 11, 2013

1873 Armenians in Baku

Armenians once formed a sizable community in Baku, the current capital of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Though the date of their original settlement is unclear, Baku's Armenian population swelled during the nineteenth century, when it became a major center for oil production and offered other economic opportunities to enterprising investors and businessmen. Their numbers remained strong into the twentieth century, despite the turbulence of the Russian Revolutions of 1917, but most Armenians fled the city in 1990 after being targeted in a pogrom that occurred during the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the early stages of the Nagorno-Karabakh War (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)


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