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also Kur·land  (ko͝or′lənd)
A historical region and former duchy of southern Latvia between the Baltic Sea and the Western Dvina River. It passed to Russia in 1795 and was largely incorporated into Latvia in 1918.
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(ˈkʊələnd) or


(Placename) a region of Latvia, between the Gulf of Riga and the Lithuanian border. Latvian name: Kurzeme
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or Kur•land

(ˈkʊər lənd)

a former duchy on the Baltic: later, a province of Russia and, in 1918, incorporated into Latvia.
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Common carps for breeding in Birzai were brought from Courland, Prussia and Radzwill's Dzialacichy manor (modern western Belarus) (Karvelis 2009, 232).
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In the early 20th century, Baltic provinces of Courland, Livland, Estland formed the western border of the Russian Empire that were associated in Russian perception with a German area.
For Riga's commercial elite, relations with their partners in Reval in Estland and Libau in Courland may have been much more intense than was usual among the Ritterschaften; their identity thus was indeed more "Baltic" than was common among the nobility.
A peat fire in the Courland region broke out last Tuesday and spread eastwards, with the smoke noticeable in the resort town of Jurmala, more than 100km away in the neighbouring Riga region.
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