Friday, November 26, 2010

#499 Latvia...Thanks Juris!

This FDC was issued on Nov.12,2010 celebrating 100th Anniversary of Latvia Republic,which was founded in 1918.

World War I devastated the territory of what would become the state of Latvia, along with other western parts of the Russian Empire. Demands for self-determination were at first confined to autonomy, but the Russian 1917 Revolution, treaty with Germany at Brest-Litovsk, and allied armistice with Germany on November 11, 1918, created a power vacuum. The People's Council of Latvia proclaimed the independence of the new country in Riga on November 18, 1918, with Kārlis Ulmanis becoming the head of the provisional government.

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