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ZWOLLE (Netherlands)

Town and capital of Overijssel province, 18 mi N of Deventer. Chartered in 1230, as a member of the Hanseatic League it was a strategic stronghold until its ramparts were destroyed in 1674 during the Dutch wars. Notable buildings include two churches and the town hall, all 15th century. It was a center of the… read more »

ZWICKAU (Germany)

City, on the Mulde River in Saxony, 42 mi S of Leipzig. Slavic in origin, it was first mentioned in 1118 as a trading center and was chartered in 1212. It developed into a free imperial city in the 12th century until it passed to the margraves of Meissen in 1323. It became the center… read more »

ZVORNIK [Turkish: Izvornik] (Bosnia)

Town on the Drina River, 23 mi ESE of Tuzla. It was the seat of the Greek Orthodox metropolitan under Turkish rule. The town has an 11-span stone bridge of the 16th century and the ruins of a medieval fortress. ZWEIBRÜCKEN [French: Deuxponts; medieval: Bipontium] (Germany) City and duchy, 5 mi WSW of Mannheim in… read more »

ZVENIGOROD (Russia)

City, 30 mi W of Moscow. Chartered in 1328, it has the remains of an 11th- to 14th-century fortress and Uspenski Cathedral of 1393, with its frescoes. Advanced German units reached it in 1941 in their Moscow campaign during World War II.

ZUWARAH [Zuara] [Portuguese: Punta dar Zoyara] (Libya)

Port, 65 mi W of Tripoli. It was first mentioned in a Portuguese sailing manual of 1375. As the terminus of the now-defunct railway from Tripoli, it was the western outpost of Italian control of Libya from 1912 to 1943.

ZUTPHEN [Zutfen] [former: Zuidveen] (Netherlands)

City in E Netherlands, on the IJssel River. Chartered in 1191, it was an important stronghold of the Spanish during the 16th-century Dutch struggle for independence. Sir Philip Sidney was wounded and died here in 1586 while serving with his uncle, the earl of Leicester, during the campaign to take the town from Spain. The… read more »

ZURICH [German: Zürich] (Switzerland)

Famous city on the lake of Zurich, 60 mi NE of Bern. Occupied in the Neolithic period by lake dwellers, it was later settled by the Gallic Helvetii. After the fifth century a.d. it passed successively to the Alemanni, the Franks, and to the German Stem duchy of Swabia. A free imperial city after 1218,… read more »

ZUNYI [Tsun-I, Zun-I] (China)

City in N Guizhou province, 75 mi N of Guiyang, China. The seat of a county since the Tang dynasty, it was the scene of a revolt led by Yang Yinglung from 1597 to 1599. In 1935 the Central Political Bureau of the Chinese Communist Party held a conference here at which Mao Zedong established… read more »

ZUNI (United States)

Pueblo in NW New Mexico, on the Zuñi Indian Reservation, approximately 32 mi S of Gallup. Home of Pueblo Indians of the Zuñi linguistic family, it is one of seven villages, the seven cities of Cibola, that were attacked in 1540 by Francisco Vásquez de Coronado, who believed them to contain vast stores of gold…. read more »

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