Destruction of Tartu

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1708

Since the Russians were afraid of the return of the Swedish forces and did not fully control the conquered areas, they started with meaningless pillaging in Estonia. Most destruction was caused in Tartu, which was razed under never-ending cannon fire, and all its residents were deported to Russia. The citizens of Narva were also deported. The destruction of Tartu was a depressing event, which was perpetuated in a dirge or so called „cry song" by Puhja parish clerk Käsu Hans, who is known as the first Estonian poet.

Source: Ain Mäesalu, Tõnis Lukas, Mati Laur, Tõnu Tannberg. Eesti ajalugu I. Avita, Tallinn 1995


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