By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (November 1, 2021) – In Issue 2021-211 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn about the origins of Austria and her history.

You call it Osterreich, I call it Austria

The German name for Austria, “Osterreich”, was first recorded on this day in 996.  It appeared in the Ostarrichi Document as the designated name for the “Eastern realm” of Bavaria.

The Anglicized Latinization word “Austria” was first recorded in the 12th century.

Now officially the Republic of Austria, the area began as a margraviate (a Medieval border village), then a duchy and archduchy until it became the home of the Hapsburg Dynasty and grew into an Empire.

Nine states make up the Republic, with Vienna being the smallest in land mass, but the most populous.

The land-locked country is mostly mountainous, making for breath-taking scenery and strong showing in winter sports events.

This map of Upper Austria, which is the western portion of the country, is from 1740 and was created by Seutter.

Map of Upper Austria – 1740 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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