The Imperiia Project: a spatial history of the Russian Empire

Karl Gablits

[Карл-Людвиг Иванович Габлиц]

Born: 1752 in Prussia
Died: 1821


Gablits settled in Russia as a child. At age 17 he joined the Gmelin expedition to southern Russia and Persia. He served as overseer of the state gardens at Astrakhan and in 1781 joined the Caspian expedition. He was appointed vice-governor of Tavrida (Crimea) in 1784 and later (1801) as director of state forests within the Ministry of Finance. He received a dacha in the Baydar Valley near Balaklava and a vineyard near Sudak.

Why He Matters

Prince Grigory Potemkin commissioned Gablits to produce the Physical Description of Tavrida Province. Catherine II was thrilled with the text and awarded Gablits with honors and a diamond-studded snuffbox. 

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