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Cottbus (Sorbian Chośebuz, Czech Chotěbuz, Polish Chociebuż) is a city in Brandenburg, Germany, situated around 125 km southeast of Berlin on the Spree river. As of 30 June, 2004, its population is 107,075.

The settlement was established in the 10th century, when Sorbs erected a castle on a sandy island in the Spree river. The first mention of the town's name is from 1156. In the 13th century German settlers came to the town and thereafter lived together side by side with the Sorbs. In medieval times Cottbus was known for wool, and the town's drapery was exported to all of Brandenburg, Bohemia and Saxony. At some time before 1618 Cottbus was acquired by the Electors of Brandenburg, who later became Kings of Prussia. In 1815 the surrounding districts of Upper and Lower Lusatia were ceded by the Kingdom of Saxony to the Kingdom of Prussia.

Cottbus is the cultural centre of the Lower Sorbian minority. Many signs in the town are bilingual, but Sorbian is rarely spoken on the streets.

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eo:Cottbus fr:Cottbus it:Cottbus ja:コトブス nl:Cottbus pl:Chociebuż sr:Котбус sv:Cottbus

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