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Ostsiedlung in Pomerania

Beginning in the 12th century, on the initiative of monasteries, as well as the local nobility, German settlers began migrating to Pomerania in a process later termed the Ostsiedlung. The local nobles and rulers encouraged the settlement in order to strengthen and consolidate their position and to develop and intensify land use, while the settlers were attracted by the privileges that were granted to them.
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    • Rural settlement 

    • Foundation of towns 

    • Scandinavian participation 

    • Ethnic relations