Enisei Province


This early-19th century playing card is from a set of 60 such cards, each devoted to a different province or territory of the Russian Empire, which at the time included the Grand Duchy of Finland, Congress Poland, and Russian America. One side of each card shows the local costume and the provincial coat of arms; the other side contains a map. This card depicts Enisei Province, which is located in central Siberia and takes its name from the Enisei River, one of the longest rivers in Asia. The map marks the areas settled by the native peoples of Siberia, such as Iakuts, Tungus (Evenks), Ostiaks, and others. Krasnoiarsk was the administrative center of the province, and was one of the places where the Russian imperial authorities sent political exiles. The card indicates that the distance from Krasnoiarsk to St. Petersburg was 4,889 versts, and from Krasnoiarsk to Moscow, 4,373¾ versts. A verst is a Russian measurement of distance, no longer used, equal to 1.0668 kilometers.

Last updated: June 3, 2015