Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Petersburg is a great manufacturing centre, the chief objects of industry being iron-founding, construction of machines, glass-making, tanning, brewing, manufacture of sugar, cotton, and tobacco, and there is a Government tapestry factory. Peter the Great began building the city in 1703 on territory taken from Sweden, and many lives were lost in its construction. In 1714 the Senate removed hither from the then capital Moscow.