The Economic History of Moscow, Russia
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The Economic History of Moscow, Russia

Moscow initially developed within a loop in the Moskva River in a region of many loops in that river. Upriver the Moskva River split off a smaller branch called the Neglinnaya, which downstream rejoined the larger branch. Therefore the site for Moscow was effectively on an island. This location was considered to provide protection by having the city surrounded by water on four sides. As history later showed the site was not all that secure.

Although there is evidence of human occupation of the site going back to the New Stone Age it was not until the eleventh century CE that the building of a city on the site commenced.

The Timeline of the History of Moscow.


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