The New Student's Reference Work/Bosnia

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Bos'nia, Herzegovina and Novi-Bazar are provinces in the northwest of the Balkan Peninsula, formerly under Turkish rule, but now, by the treaty of Berlin in 1878, turned over to the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, of which it now forms a part. The joint area of the three is 23,570 square miles, about the size of West Virginia, and the population is over a million and a half. Bosnia is mountainous, covered with forests, and interspersed with beautiful valleys. Numerous rivers flow northward and join the Save, which forms the northern boundary. The capital is Bosna Serai or Serajevo, with a population of 38,000. The people are mainly Slavs, divided by religion into Mohammedans, Roman Catholics and Orthodox Greeks.