In this chapter you learned about Russia and its neighboring countries. During the 1700s, Czars Peter I and Catherine II tried to modernize Russia and make it more like Europe. Peter built a new capital of Russia—St. Petersburg—in the early 1700s, designed like a European city with its elegant palaces, public squares, and canals. In this activity, you will learn more about the founding of St. Petersburg and its advancements under the reigns of Russia's great czars.
Destination Title: History of St. Petersburg
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Start at the History of St. Petersburg Web site.
- Click on and explore the first six topics listed: Introduction, Pre-history of St. Petersburg, When and how was St. Petersburg founded?, The St. Petersburg of Peter the Great, Elizabethan St. Petersburg and The "Grand City" of Catherine the Great.
- You will need to use the "Back" arrow to return to the main menu after reading each topic, or click where it says "Next" at the end of each page.
- Use the information presented to answer the following questions.