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Württemberg is an area in southwestern Germany, bordering on Bavaria and Switzerland. Settled originally by the Celts, Württemberg was conquered and occupied successively by the Suevi, Romans, Alamanni, and the Franks. Counts and dukes of Württemberg ruled the area until the nineteenth century, when, in 1803, it became an electorate. In 1806, it became a kingdom after receiving additional territory from Napoleon I. After the U.S. Civil War, Württemberg became part of the German Empire, but retained its status as a kingdom and control over its domestic affairs. Today it is part of the state of Baden-Württemberg.

Webster's New Geographical Dictionary (Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 1988), 1353; Courtlandt Canby, The Encyclopedia of Historic Places (New York: Facts on File, 1984), 2:1027; Württemberg (general region), Getty Thesaurus of Georgraphic Names,, accessed 13 December 2019.