Map of island of Hokkaido with Shiribeshi Province highlighted, c. 1869
Shiribeshi Province (後志国 Shiribeshi-no-kuni) was a old province of Japan on the island of Hokkaido. The history of the province started in 1869 and ended in 1882.
The boundaries of this ancient province are generally mirrored in what are today called Shiribeshi Subprefecture and the northern part of Hiyama Subprefecture.
- Further information: Former Provinces of Hokkaidō
After 1869, the northern Japanese island was known as Hokkaido. Regional subdivisions were established. Shiribeshi Province was one of the new entities which were created in 1869.
In the Meiji period, the provinces of Japan were converted into prefectures. The maps of Japan including Shiribeshi Province were reformed in the 1870s.
In 1882, Shiribeshi and the other ten provinces of Hokkaido were reorganized as Hakodate Prefecture, Sapporo Prefecture and Nemuro Prefecture.
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