View Full Version : Which part of Russia was Catholic in 1762

09-08-2018, 01:42 PM
According to Kabuzan, in 1719 the Russian Empire had no Roman Catholics at all (only 900 - less than one thousand - Roman Catholics in entire Russia within the 1719 borders in 1719).

However, by 1762 the number of Roman Catholics in the Russian Empire increased to 210,400 (again, data from Kabuzan), of which only ca. 1,500 lived within pre-1719 borders of Russia.

So all of that increase was due to annexation of new lands by Russia.

But which Catholic-inhabited area(s) did Russia annex in 1719-1762?

Polish-Lithuanian territories were annexed only in 1772-1795 and 1815.

09-21-2019, 02:45 PM
Estonia, part of Latvia and territories around Sankt-Peterburg were taken from Sweden in 1721 after North War. But there are mostly Lutheran lands, not Catholic...
Also many Germans (and another Europeans) arrived to Russia in 18th century. But IMO most of them were settled in pre-1719 borders