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The town of Adjud developed north of where the Trotus river joined the Siret and where the parallel-running roads crossed. In the 1408 privilege, the customs duty in southern Moldavia was levied in Bacau. The medieval town was abandoned by the end of the 18th century due to numerous landslides and flooding by the Siret river, but also because the road crossing the town changed its course. Baia is one of the oldest and most compelling towns in Moldavia. Bârlad is located on the right bank of the river by the same name, near an important ford. Archaeological findings show that this place had been permanently inhabited since prehistoric times, but a town only emerged around 1400. The dawn and the growth of this town through the Middle Ages are murky. For a while, it was believed that the Cerna in the Kiev list is a reference to Cernauti.

Keywords: Adjud; Baia; Bârlad; Cernauti; Siret river; Trotus river



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