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Brief excerpt from Trading history of Brcko city

 

    During XIX and XX century, Brcko has suddenly evolved in economical and cultural areas. Since Austrian occupation Brcko starts to harbor new life, guided by personal interest of autrian financial capital, to increase it's profit bz means of exploatation cheap work force and to secure market for it's industrial products.

    In XIX Brcko becomes economic and cultural center of bosnian Posavina region. In that time all four destinguished "mahala's" are being established: Stara (Atik), Nova (Džedid), Varoš and Karanfil, and the city prospers into main economic and industrial center, especialy in and after 1830. when the Danube Steamboat Society is founded. Boats run by this society are trafficking to Brcko and transport plums and wheat. Around yaer 1850. city had 300 muslim and 60 orthodox households. At the end of XIX centurty, Brcko exported 250.000-300.000 cents of dry plums to Austria, Germany, England and even America. Brcko was inport line for salt from Austria and Romania for Bosnia.

    In second half of XIX century, Brcko, as economic center, attracts many people from different parts of Bosnia, so that in 1878. it has close to 3000 citizens. Several serbian muslims has also came to Brcko, including Aliaga Kucukalic, that later became one of the richest tradesman in the city. With city development, on it's territory, many new building are being built. As existing "han's" were not suitable for needs of tradesman from neighbouring austrian countries, ALiaga Kucukalic built a new building with counters and stores, and 7 bedrooms for guests. In september 1869. Brcko is connected by means of telegraph with Sarajevo, via Tuzla, and in 1870. postoffice has been established.

    Starting 1877. steammill has came to life in Brcko, maintaned by Toša Kojdic, with capacity of 600 ok's per hour. In the year 1880., Jews have built their own temple, that was destroyed in 1942. Today's building of White Mosque (or Džedid mosque) is built in 1881. on the expense of Hadži Vasfihnuma Zejcirovic, and in year 1883. groundstone is placed for building of catcholic church. On August 11th 1886. regional hospital is built.

    Aliaga Kucukalic built in 1891. hotel "Posavina". By plan of architect Vitek, Brcko city council has built it's building in 1892. Thi building, built in mavari style, it is, to day, the most beautiful object in town.

    Great railroad bridge across river Sava, with 755 meters length, supported by 27 pillars, was open for traffic on September 13th 1894. and was used to connect Brcko by railroad with Vinkovci. Brcko got electricity in 1899.