The Pomeranians ( _de. Pomeranen; _cs. Pòmòrzónie; _pl. Pomorzanie) were a group of West Slavic
tribes who lived along the shore of the Baltic Seabetween Oderand VistulaRivers (the latter Farther Pomeraniaand Pomerelia). They spoke the Pomeranian languagebelonging to the Lechitic branch of the West Slavic language family. This language was heavily influenced by Baltic languages.
The Pomeranian tribes formed after the 6th century, when as a result of the Slavic migration, groups of Slavs populated the area formerly inhabited by
Baltic tribes( Pomeranian (Western) Balts) and Germanic tribessuch as the Gothsand the Rugians.
From the late 10th century,
Piast Polestried to incorporate the Pomeranians into their empire and succeeded several times. However, the Pomeranians were always able to regain their independency.
In the course of the 12th century, the non-Christian Pomeranians faced continuous pressure from their expanding Christian neighbors
Denmark, Poland, and German duchy of Saxonyand Holy Roman Empire. Pomeranian lands were eventually divided, with the Western parts entering the Holy Roman Empire as the Duchy of Pomerania, and the Eastern part consisting of Pomereliacame under the influence of Poland and, later, the Teutonic Order.
Germanizationof Pomerania resulting from the medieval Ostsiedlung, many Pomeranians were slowly and gradually assimilated and discontinued the use of their Slavic language and culture. The direct descendants of Pomeranians include:
Kashubians, who speak the Kashubian language
* [http://www.kaszubia.com/de/geschichte/karten/index.htm Pomeranian/Kashubian settlement areas from 800-today]
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