Peter the Great
By: Bryce Gregerson
The Great One's Accomplishments
In Peter's rule he expanded Russian territory for Russia which is the biggest country in the world if talking about the size. In addition he also gained ports on the Baltic Sea for Russia. Plus he created a mighty army that acquired territory in Estonia, Latvia, and Finland. Through several wars with Turkey in the south, he secured access to the Black Sea. In the year of 1709 Peter defeated the Swedish army by directing them through a path that brought them through the harsh Russian winter. He established the town of St. Petersburg in 1712. Last but not least he ended Russia's time of isolation.
The Personality of the Great Peter
Physically Peter was a giant just under seven feet, and at any gathering he towered a full head above everybody else. Not only was Peter a natural athlete, but by using an ax and a hammer he had developed his strength. He was able to twist a silver platter into a scroll. If a piece of cloth was thrown into the air he could cut it in half with his knife before it landed. All in all Peter was a remarkable man to say the least, he could do greats things hence the nickname, "Peter the Great". He was also very productive, organized, hardworking, bold, and he fought like a bull, tough, never gave up, and attacked with great result coming out of it.
Peter the Great decided to create a policy of westernization, that is, the adoption of Western ideas, technology, and culture after setting out to learn the ways of the West by himself. Peter passed laws ensuring that nobles retained control over their lands, including the serfs on those lands in order for them to feel a sense of protection. Peter strengthened by doing this for the nobles. Peter pushed through reforms and was able to improve education, simplify the Russian alphabet, and set up studies for mathematics, science, and engineering. In addition Peter adopted mercantilism policies, such as improving waterways and canals, and developing mining and textile manufacturing, making him to be known for dealing well with reforms and taking action such as introducing his own policies.