The vicinity has minerals such as iron, copper, coal and petroleum. The line Focshani/Galatz featured a very strong line of fortifications, known as the Sereth Line.
A congress between Russian and Turkishish diplomats took place near the town in 1772. In the neighbourhood the Turks suffered a severe defeat at the hands of the allied forces ofAustrians under Prince Josias of Saxe-Coburg and Russians under Aleksandr Suvorov in 1789.
Original text from the 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica with additions by G.N. Boiko-Slastion.