26 June 2017

On This Day, 26 June 1767

Location of Brabander on
Karte der deutschen Siedlungen im Wolgagebiet
(Map of German settlements in the Volga region, AHSGR map #6)
Brabander, a Catholic Mother colony, was founded in the Volga region of Russia on 26 June 1767 by LeRoy and Pictet, a co-operative company commissioned by Catherine the Great to recruit and settle Germans in Russia.

On Google Maps, there are several photos of the old flour mill, Parovaya Mel'nitsa Kaufmana (Kaufman's Steam Mill) which is located southwest of the village on the edge of the Volga River.

Location of the Volga colony Brabander.  Today it's known as Krasnoarmeyskoye, Saratov, Russia.

Learn More: 
Center for Volga German Studies - Brabander
LeRoy and Pictet
Volga German Institute - Brabander
Wolgadeutsche (History of the Volga Germans) - Brabander

2017 marks the 250th anniversary of the founding of the Mother colonies along the Volga River. There are many events throughout the year to commemorate the anniversary, and the Germans from 
Russia Settlement Locations project joins in the celebration of this rich Volga German heritage.  

The German immigrants that came to the Volga region were among first colonists to take up Catherine the Great on her manifesto. They came from Hesse, the Rhineland, the Palatinate and Württemberg.  They are also among the most well researched and documented groups of German colonists in Russia. Thus far, the Volga Mother colonies settled between 1764 and 1767 are the only colonies that have precise dates they were settled.  

For more historical and current events related to Germans from Russia, see our calendar page or link to our public Google calendar.

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