From 1798 to 1802 Thun was the capital of the canton Oberland of the Helvetic Republic. (W.
HELVETIC CONFESSIONS, the name of two documents expressing the common belief of the reformed churches of Switzerland.
The Second Helvetic Confession was written by Bullinger in 1562 and revised in 1564 as a private exercise.
From 1798 to 1803 Appenzell, with the other domains of the abbot of St Gall, was formed into the canton Santis of the Helvetic Republic, but in 1803, on the creation of the new canton of St Gall, shrank back within its former boundaries.
Of the total population, civil and military, 578,458 were Magyars, 104,520 were Germans, 25,168 were Slovaks, and the remainder was composed of Croatians, Servians, Rumanians, Russians, Greeks, Armenians, Gypsies, &c. According to religion, there were 445,023 Roman Catholics, 5806 Greek Catholics, 4422 Greek Orthodox; 67,319 were Protestants of the Helvetic, and 38,811 were Protestants of the Augsburg Confessions; 168,985 were Jews, and the remainder belonged to various other creeds.