Province of Brandenburg

Province Of Brandenburg

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Province of Brandenburg

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The Province of Brandenburg () was a province of the Kingdom of Prussia and the Free State of Prussia from 1815 to 1946.


The first people who are known to have inhabited Brandenburg were the Suevi. They were succeeded by the Slavonians, whom Henry II conquered and converted to Christianity in the early part of the 10th century. The government was first conferred on a Saxon count, and did not become hereditary until the time of Albert, whose son succeeded to the dignity of elector in 1180. This line becoming extinct, Charles IV assigned the electorate to his son Sigismund. The Elector of Brandenburg held the seventh rank among the electors of the empire and had five votes in the Council of Princes.

Sigismund sold the region to Frederick, Burgrave of Nuremberg, the first member of the House of Hohenzollern to rule the Margraviate of Brandenburg. After the Margraves inherited the Duchy of Prussia in 1618, the Margraviate formed the core of the Brandenburg-Prussian state. Frederick William the Great made various accessions to the territory, the Treaty of Königsberg of 1656 marking a significant turn in its evolution. It eventually became the Kingdom of Prussia.

In 1815, the Kingdom's administration was divided into several provinces.Most of the Margraviate's territory was incorporated into the new province of...
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