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c) MONTENEGRINS (Czernogortzi).  The national name of the Montenegrins, here given as Czernogortzi, is better written Tzernogortzi; see p. 119, n. 17.  Their number is given by Sir J.G.  Wilkinson at 80,000, or more.  These are the Slavic inhabitants of the Turkish province Albania, among the mountains of Montenegro.  They have spread themselves from Bosnia to the sea-coast as far as Antivari.  This remarkable people the Turks never have been able to subjugate completely.  They enjoy a sort of military-republican freedom:  their head chief being a Bishop with very limited power.  They amount to nearly 60,000 souls, belonging to the Eastern Church.

d) SLAVONIANS.  These are the inhabitants of the Austrian kingdom of Slavonia and the duchy of Syrmia, between Hungary on the north and Bosnia in the south, about half a million in number.  A small majority belongs to the Romish Church; the rest to the Greek Church.

e) DALMATIANS.  The country along the Adriatic, between Croatia and Albania, together with the adjacent islands, is called the kingdom of Dalmatia, and belongs likewise to the Austrian empire.  It has, together with the Istrian shore north of it, towards 600,000 inhabitants; of whom 500,000 belong to the Slavo-Servian race.  They are all Roman Catholics; with the exception of about 80,000 who belong to the Greek Church.

2.  The Austrian kingdom of CROATIA in our time, between Styria, Hungary, Slavonia, Bosnia, Dalmatia, and the Adriatic, is not the ancient Croatia of Constantine Porphyrogenitus.  Together with the Croatian colonists in Hungary, and the inhabitants of the Turkish Sandshak Banialouka, it contains about 800,000 souls.  Of these less than 200,000 belong to the Greek Church; the great majority are Catholics.  We shall see further on that the Croats are divided in respect to their language into two parts:  one of them having affinity with the Servians and Dalmatians, the other with the Slovenzi of Carniola and Carinthia.

3.  SLOVENZI or VINDES.  These names comprise the Slavic inhabitants of the duchies of Styria, Carinthia, and Carniola, (the two latter forming the kingdom of Illyria,) and also those of the banks of the rivers Raab and Muhr in Hungary.  Their number is over one million.  With the exception of a few Protestants, they are all Catholics.  They call themselves Slovenzi; but are known by foreign writers under the name of Vindes.

III.  BULGARIAN BRANCH

The BULGARIANS occupy the Turkish province Sofia Vilayeti, between the Danube, the Euxine, the Balkan, and Servia; they are about three and a half millions in number, the remnant of a great nation.  About 80,000 more are scattered through Bessarabia and the other provinces of South Russia.  Schaffarik enumerates seven thousand as Austrian subjects, living in that great receptacle of nations, Hungary.  Most of them belong to the Greek Church.

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