The Romanian administrative region of Dobrogea consists of the counties of Constanta and Tulcea, with a combined area of 15,500 km≤ and population of now slightly over a million. Its principal cities are Constanta, Tulcea, Medgidia and Mangalia.
This land was inhabited since ancient times by Dacians. In the 7th and 6th century BC several Greek colonies were founded here including Tomis, Histria, Callatis, Dionysopolis and Olbia to facilitate trade with locals.
It remained under Turkish rule until 1878, when Romania received its present part of the area and Bulgaria the smaller Southern Dobruja in the (Treaty of Berlin). Romania also ruled the Southern Dobruja from 1913 until 1940.
Dobruja, or sometimes Dobrudja (Dobrogea in Romanian, –Ē–ĺ–Ī—Ä—É–ī–∂–į‚ÄĒtransliterated Dobrudzha‚ÄĒin Bulgarian, Dobruca in Turkish), is the territory between the lower Danube river and the Black Sea, including the Danube Delta and the Romanian coast.
The Romanian region of Dobrogea consists of the counties of ConstanŇ£a and Tulcea, with a combined area of 15,500 km¬≤ and a population of slightly over a million.
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