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First historical record of Moscow

First historical record of Moscow

First historical record of Moscow


Originally shared by Ed Pearce

The first Russian reference to Moscow is from April 4, 1147 when Prince Yuri Dolgoruki called upon the prince of Novgorod-Severski (North Novgorod) to „come to me, brother, to Moscow.”

The city is named after the river (old Russian: гра́д Моско́в, which means „the city next to the Moskva River”).

Under Ivan I Moscow replaced Tver as a political center of Vladimir-Suzdal and by 1328 it had become the only collector of taxes for the Mongol-Tatar rulers.

In 1480, Ivan III broke the Russians free from Tatar control. Moscow became the capital of an empire that would eventually encompass all of Russia and Siberia, and parts of many other lands.

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