Geneva

Geneva: 1. The smallest canton (106) of Switzerland, situated at the western extremity of the lake of the name; the surface is hilly, but not mountainous, and is watered by the Rhône and Arve; the soil is unfertile, but the patient industry of the inhabitants has made it fruitful; the cultivation of the vine, fruit-growing, and the manufacture of watches, &c., are the chief industries; 85 per cent, of the people speak French. 2. Capital (78) of the canton, occupies a splendid geographical position at the south-western end of the lake, at the exit of the Rhône; the town existed in Cæsar's time, and after being subject in turn to Rome and Burgundy, ere long won its independence in conjunction with Bern and Freiburg. In Calvin's time it became a centre of Protestantism, and its history, down to the time of its annexation by Napoleon in 1798, is mainly occupied with the struggles between the oligarchical and democratic factions. On the overthrow of Napoleon it joined the Swiss Confederation. Since 1847 the town has been largely rebuilt, and handsomely laid out. Among many fine buildings are the Transition Cathedral of St. Peter (1124), the Academy founded by Calvin and others. The Rhône flows through it, and compasses an island which forms part of the city. It has many literary and historical associations, and was the birthplace of Rousseau.

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

Genesis * Geneva, Lake of
Gelasius I., St.
Gell, Sir William
Gellert
Gellert, Christian
Gellus, Aulus
Gelon
Gemara
Gemini
Gendarmes
Genesis
Geneva
Geneva, Lake of
Geneviève
Genghis Khan
Genlis, Stephanie Félicité, Comtesse de
Gen`oa
Genre Painting
Gens
Gens Braccata
Gens Togata
Gen`seric

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