Asked in Romania
Was Romania always a country?
May 15, 2012 2:53PM
Romania was a country from the antiquity, but of course having different names during the history.
2000 years ago there was a larger country, called Dacia. This territory was eventually conquered by the Romans, who needed our gold, unfortunately. After the birth of the Romanian people and the formation of the Old Romanian language (approximately 800 AD), the territory was divided into several relatively small principalities. Eventually they were unified into 3 main countries: Wallachia in the S, Moldavia in the E and N-E, and Transylvania in the W and N-W. Moldavia and Wallachia united in 1859, giving birth to modern Romania, and in 1918, after the end of WW1, Transylvania and the rest of the territories joined the Romanian Kingdom to form Greater Romania. In 1940 we lost some provinces to Hungary, the Soviet Union and Bulgaria; we have managed to retrieve on the Transylvanian provinces that had belonged to Hungary during WW2.