Bar-Sir-Seine, a town of France, department of Aube, on the Seine, 16 m. S. S. E. of Troyes; pop. in 1866, 2,770. It was a large place in the middle ages, but it was several times ruined during the Burgundian wars. On March 1, 1814, a battle was fought under its walls between the French under Macdonald and the Austrians under the prince of Wflr-temberg. It trades in breadstuffs, wines, brandies, wool, and hemp.
Bar-Sur-Aibe, a town of France, department of Aube, on the river Aube, 29 m. E. S.
E. of Troyes; pop. in 1866, 4,809. It is very ancient, and has some old churches, a hospital founded in the 11th century, and a college. In January and February, 1814, it was the scene of two battles, in consequence of which it was nearly destroyed. It has a trade of some importance in breadstuffs, wine, wood, hemp, and wool, and has extensive nurseries of fruit and ornamental trees.
Baraba, a steppe of Siberia, 300 m. from E. to W. and 450 from N. to S., comprising the S. E. part of the province of Tobolsk, and the S. W. portions of Tomsk. The Altai mountains enclose it on the south, and the Irtish and Obi rivers on the west and east. Certain districts are fertile, and there are extensive forests; but the whole region abounds in swamps and salt lakes, the waters of which become poisonous during the summer. The inhabitants consist of Russian colonists living in villages, and of Barabintzi, a small tribe of Tartar origin, who are chiefly nomadic shepherds or fishermen.
Baracoa, a seaport town of Cuba, in the Eastern Department, capital of a district of the same name, on the N. E. coast, 100 m. E. of Santiago de Cuba; pop. about 5,500. It is on the E. side of a small but deep harbor, on a rocky bluff of coral formation; and back of the town are high, craggy mountains of curious shape, the highest of which is called the Anvil of Baracoa. The houses are well built of adobe and surrounded with fine gardens. An unusually large quantity of rain falls at Baracoa, and the forests and large orchards of cocoanut palms in the vicinity are very luxuriant. It is the centre of a large fruit trade with the United States; limes, oranges, lemons, pineapples, and cocoanuts are brought in from the surrounding country on mules and donkeys. The trade in cocoanuts is said to average 50,000 a day. Cigars only are manufactured. Columbus landed here, and the first settlement on the island was made here in 1512 by Diego Velazquez.
Barada, a river of Syria, probably the Biblical Abana, called by the Greeks the Chrysor-rhoas or Bardines. It rises in the Anti-Liba-nus, flows S. E., and falls into the Bahret-el-Kibliyeh, a lake or swamp, E. of Damascus. Issuing from a cleft in the mountains as a clear rapid stream, it divides into three smaller courses. The central or main stream runs straight to the city of Damascus, supplying the baths and fountains of that city. The other branches diverge to the right and left, and, after irrigating the plain, reunite with the main stream. The water of the Barada, like that of the Jordan, is of a white sulphurous hue, and has an unpleasant taste.