Royal Prussia

Royal Prussia (Polish: Prusy Królewskie; German: Königlich-Preußen or Preußen Königlichen Anteils, Kashubian: Królewsczé Prësë) or Polish Prussia[1] (Polish: Prusy Polskie;[2] German: Polnisch-Preußen)[3] was a province of the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland, which was established after the Second Peace of Thorn (1466) from territory in western Prussia which had previously been part of the State of the Teutonic Order.[4][5][6] Royal Prussia retained its autonomy, governing itself and maintaining its own laws, customs, rights and German language.[7][8]

Royal Prussia
Prusy Królewskie  (Polish)
Königlich-Preußen  (German)
Prussia Regalis  (Latin)
Royal dependency of Poland
1466–1569

Map of Royal Prussia (light pink)
Area
  Coordinates54°N 19°E
History
History 
19 October 1466
 Dissolved
1 July 1569
Preceded by
Succeeded by
State of the Teutonic Order
Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth
Today part ofPoland
Russia
A faction of Prussian leaders won independence from the Teutonic Order as a dependency of the King of Poland, 1454, Polish Central Archives of Historical Records

In 1569, Royal Prussia was fully integrated into the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland and its autonomy was largely abandoned.[9] As a result, the Royal Prussian parliament was incorporated into the Sejm of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.[10] In 1772, the former territory of Royal Prussia was annexed by the Kingdom of Prussia and subsequently re-organized into the province of West Prussia. This occurred at the time of the First Partition of Poland, with other parts of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth being annexed by the Russian Empire and Habsburg Austria.


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