Kutaisi Governorate

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Kutaisi Governorate (English)
Кутаисская губерния (Modern Russian)
ქუთაისის გუბერნია (Georgian)
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Coat of Arms
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Established 1846
Abolished 1917
Political status
Region
Governorate
Caucasus
Area
Area
- Rank
259,418 verst²
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Population (1897 census)
Population
- Rank
- Density
- Urban
- Rural
913,657 inhabitants
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3.5 inhab. / verst²

Government
First Head
Last Head
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The Kutaisi Governorate (Georgian: ქუთაისის გუბერნია) was a governorate (province) of the Russian Empire. It roughly corresponded to most of western Georgia and most of Artvin Province (except Hopa and Yusufeli districts) of Turkey between 1878 and 1917. It was created out of part of the former Georgia-Imeretia Governorate in 1846. It also included Akhaltsikhe uzeyd before its cession to the Tiflis Governorate in 1867.

Demographics

As of 1897, 1,058,241 people lived in the oblast. Georgians constituted the majority, 82.1% of the population. This includes Imeretians and Mingrelians, who were separated in the census based on their dialect and language, respectively.

Linguistic groups in 1897[1]

TOTAL 1,058,241 100%
Georgians 343,929 32.5%
Imeretians (dialect of Standard Georgian) 270,513 25.6%
Mingrelians 238,655 22.6%
Abkhazians 59,469 5.6%
Turks 46,665 4.4%
Armenians 24,043 2.3%

Administrative divisions

Kutaisi Governorate consisted of the following uyezds and okrugs:

  • Kutaisi uyezd
  • Lechkmumi uyezd
  • Zugdidi uyezd
  • Ozurgeti uyezd
  • Racha uyezd
  • Senaki uyezd
  • Shorapani uyezd
  • Sokhumi okrug
  • Batumi okrug (formed in 1878 after the Treaty of Berlin)
  • Artvini okrug (formed in 1878 after the Treaty of Berlin)

References

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