National Geographic : 1915 Oct
Photo by lrdelyi NATIVE ROUMANIANS OF WALLACHIA Roumania is as large in area as Arkansas, but it has nearly six times as many people as that State earned by continual struggle the right to live are always patriotic. If this be true, the many conflicts waged by the races occupying the Balkan States would place them high in the scale of love for native land, were it not for the fact that the most serious conflicts have been inter necine. T'r() PRI NCIPATITIS UNITED) While it would be interesting, though perhaps tedious, to narrate the tribal and factional wars of this region, the section now especially under consideration can be quickly reached by saying that the treaty of Paris in 1856 gave recognition to the two principalities-Moldavia and Wallachia-and empowered each to elect a ruler. It was specified that the election in the two principalities should take place on the same day, but, in the absence of any stipulation to the contrary, the electors wisely selected the same man-Cuza who, under the name of Prince Alexan dru Joan I, ruled rather ingloriously until forced to abdicate by the revolution of February, I866. Though he achieved but little else, he can claim some credit for the coup which resulted in the coali tion of the two principalities, whereby a new nation came into existence with the name of Roumania.