It was established by the decree of 14 December 1846 of Nicholas I of Russia. In accordance with the "Regulations on the Administration of the Dagestan Oblast" (Положением об управлении Дагестанской областью, 5 April 1860), the Derbent Governorate was abolished, and most of the area became part of the Dagestan Governorate.
- Sophie Hohmann, Claire Mouradian, Silvia Serrano, Julien Thorez (eds.), Development in Central Asia and the Caucasus: Migration, Democratisation and Inequality in the Post-Soviet Era, I.B.Tauris, 2014, p. 44, n. 47.
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