The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Bar (Russia)

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BAR, Russia, a town in the government of Podolia; so called after the birthplace of its foundress. Bona Sforza, the wife of King Sigismund I of Poland. It is famous as the place where a confederation of the Polish people was held with a view to combating the Russian influence and the adherents of Russia in Poland, 29 Feb. 1768. The Russians took Bar by storm on the following 28 May, together with 1,400 men and 20 pieces of cannon. Eleven fairs are annually held here. Leather-dressing, distilling, brick-making and a trade in grain are carried on. Pop. about 13,000,