The remainder of Courland is part of the planning regions of Riga and Semigallia (Zemgale). After the October Revolution, the elected Estonian Provincial Assembly declare… The regions of Semigallia and Selonia are sometimes considered as part of Courland as they were formerly held by the same duke. Gotthard Kettler, the last Master of the Order of Livonia, became the first duke of Courland. Having already gained some military experience during the War of … However, some 200,000 German troops held out in Courland. With the Third Partition of Poland-Lithuania, the duchy of Courland ceases to exist. In 1935, Courland had an area of 13,210 square kilometres (5,099 sq mi) and a population of 292,659 making it the least populous of the provinces.[4]. However, the duchy was absorbed on 22 September 1918 by the United Baltic Duchy. The Duchy of Courland and Semigallia was a duchy in the Baltic region.It existed from 1562 through 1795. Wilhelm owned the western part, Courland (Kurzeme), with his residence in Goldingen (Kuldīga). The historic castle of the Livonian Order (which became the residence of the Dukes of Courland) is visible in the foreground Nowadays, the legacy of Maurice is long forgotten in Europe. The duchy was formed after the Livonian Confederation was dissolved during the "Livonian Wars", and it was nominally a vassal state of Poland-Lithuania. They divided the Duchy into two parts in 1596. Wilhelm II's unwillingness to become the Duke of Courland, coupled with the Reichstag's critique of initiatives to annex the occupied territories, could have dispirited the Baltic … Excellent breeds of cattle, sheep and pigs were kept. To the north, Courland's coast lies along the Gulf of Riga. The Duchy of Courland became a focus of strategic interest for both Sweden and Poland–Lithuania. With large territories coming under the Ober Ost's administration as a result of military successes on the Eastern Front, General Erich Ludendorff was charged with managing the large area now under its jurisdiction. (The Russian authorities of the Courland Governorate were exiled to Tartu never to return.) Courland Governorate, Governorate of Livonia, Governorate of Estonia of Russian Empire before the 1917 February Revolution. [2], On 18 November 1918, Latvia proclaimed its independence. By January 1919, much of Courland had been overrun by the Bolsheviks' Latvian Socialist Soviet Republic but the provisional government with the aid of German forces pushed back and took back Courland by April. BM01143Am.jpg 301 × 480; 35 KB. [1] In 1237 the area passed into the rule of the Teutonic Knights owing to the amalgamation of this order with that of the Brethren of the Sword. Following the establishment of the Duchy, and not finding any true claims to the Ducal Throne in the area, a committee was established that would keep a lookout for a descendant of one of the Dukes, with both the will and desire to take the throne. After the German Revolution on 18 November 1918, Latvia proclaimed independence and on 7 December, the German military handed over authority to the Latvian national government headed by Kārlis Ulmanis.[2]. Duchy of Courland and Semigallia: | | | Duchy of Courland and Semigallia | | ... World Heritage Encyclopedia, the aggregation of the largest online encyclopedias available, and the most definitive collection ever assembled. Courland is one of the historical and cultural regions in western Latvia. The territory of the historic Duchy of Courland and Semigallia became part of Terra Mariana in the course of the conquest of the latter by the Brethren of the Sword in the 13th century. The Duchy of Courland and Semigallia existed from 1561 as part of the Grand Duchy of Livonia, and later became a part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in … The Duchy of Courland and Semigallia was briefly a client state of the German Empire. Although the German Reichstag supported national self-determinationfor the Baltic peoples, the G… Nearly one hundred rivers drain Courland, but only three of these rivers – the Daugava, the Lielupe and the Venta – are navigable. The largest city is Liepāja, the third largest city in Latvia. The Duchy of Courland and Semigalliaball was a vassal of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealthball.He also had colonies. The duchy's title goes to the Russian emperor. The United Baltic Duchy was nominally recognized as a sovereign state[citation needed] by the Kaiser only on September 22, 1918, half a year after Soviet Russia had formally relinquished all authority over its former Imperial Baltic provinces to the German Empire in the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk. After the last of the ducal line into which she had married died in 1737, she arranged for the Duchy to be given to her lover, Ernst Johann von Biron instead. Although Courland is not an administrative entity today, the Courland (Kurzeme) Planning Region, with an area of 13,596 square kilometres (5,249 sq mi) and a population of 301,621 in 2008, includes much of the traditional region. During World War I, the German Army had occupied the Courland Governorate of the Russian Empire by the autumn of 1915. It was a vassal state of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania from 1562 to 1569 and from 1569 to 1726 the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The duke is happy enough to relinquish the title in return for rewards from Russia. Courland, Duchy of (Duchy of Kurliandia and Zem-gal’ia), a feudal state on the territory of Latvia, a vassal of Poland-Lithuania. The Duchy of Courland and Semigallia existed from 1561 as part of the Grand Duchy of Livonia, and later became a part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1569, when Poland and Lithuania joined together. The most crucial one was the Second Northern War between Sweden and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth that started in 1655. [1], In October 1918, the Chancellor of Germany, Prince Maximilian of Baden, proposed to have the military administration in the Baltic replaced by civilian authority. Of the whole, 79% were Latvians, 8.4% Baltic Germans, about 8% Jews,[3] 1.4% Russians, 1% Lithuanians, 1% Poles, and some Livonians. Friedrich controlled the eastern part, Semigalia(Zemgale), with his residence in Mitau (Jelgava). Partition became nominal from 14 May 1616 when Duke of Semigallia Friedrich became also regent of Duchy of Courland. With their backs to the Baltic Sea, they remained trapped in what became known as the Courland Pocket, blockaded by the Red Army and by the Red Baltic Fleet. Although the German Reichstag supported national self-determination for the Baltic peoples, the German High Command continued the policy of attaching the Baltic to the Reich by relying on Baltic Germans. The Duchy of Courland and Semigallia was briefly a client state of the German Empire. Answer of Kaiser Wilchelm to Courlands Land Council to decision about creation of Duchy of Courland in March 8. Life Kettler was born in Goldingen (Kuldîga). The new policy was stated in a telegram from the German Foreign Office to the military administration of the Baltic: The government of the Reich is unanimous in respect of the fundamental change in our policy towards the Baltic countries, namely that in the first instance policy is to be made with the Baltic peoples. alternate case: duchy of Courland and Semigallia. On March 8, 1918 the local Baltic German-dominated Kurländischer Landtag (state diet), in Jelgava, proclaimed the reinstatement of the Duchy of Courland and Semigallia. It was proclaimed on 8 March 1918, in the German-occupied Courland Governorate by a Landesrat composed of Baltic Germans, who offered the crown of the once-autonomous Duchy to Kaiser Wilhelm II, despite the existence of a formerly sovereign reigning family in that duchy, the Biron descendants of Ernst Johann von Biron[citation needed]. Courland (/ˈkʊərlənd/; Latvian: Kurzeme; Livonian: Kurāmō; German and Scandinavian languages: Kurland; Latin: Curonia/Couronia; Russian: Курляндия; Lithuanian: Kuršas; Polish: Kurlandia) is one of the historical and cultural regions in western Latvia. Thus in 1230 the Curonian king Lammekinus (Lamikis) made peace directly with the papal legate. Although nominally a vassal state of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth , the dukes operated autonomously. The territories that comprised the Livonian Confederation in the Baltic region were militarily weak and losing appeal. On 5 August 1940, the Soviet Union annexed the region along with the rest of Latvia which was made a constituent republic of the USSR, the Latvian SSR. After loss of entitlement to dukedom, he … Fruit grew well. Duchy of Courland. The majority of them never returned to Germany (Haupt, 1997). The Duchy of Courland and Semigallia was a semi-independent duchy that existed from 1561 until 1795, encompassing the areas of Courland and Semigallia. On 7 December 1918, the German Military handed over authority to the Latvian national government headed by Kārlis Ulmanis. The duchy of Courland, formed in 1561, included this area as well as Semigallia (Zemgale), a region located east of Courland proper. Several objective reasons and circumstances led to downfall and loss of wealth and newly acquired colonies. The Duchy was one of the smallest European nations to colonize overseas territories, establishing short-lived outposts on the Caribbean islands of Tobago and Trinidad and at the mouth of the Gambia River in Africa on what was then known as James Island. He was a very energetic man, built up a navy of 61 ships and pursued a colonial policy; Courlanders built FORT JAKOB on the Gambia river in West Africa (1651) and another colony on TOBAGO in 1652, attempting to get a share in the African slave trade. In 1558 the Duchy of Courland was established. In the 18th century Russia acquired great influence over the Duchy; the future Empress Anna of Russia served as regent there from 1711 until her accession the Russian throne in 1730. As Russian rule in the rest of what is now Latvia began collapsing at the end of World War I, Baltic Germans began a process of forming provincial councils between September 1917 and March 1918, competing with ethnic Latvians' moves toward independence. Under his rule, the duchy was brought to its greatest peak in wealth and engaged in colonization. Period of success and prosperity in the Duchy of Courland and Semigallia did not last long, just about a decade. From the time of the Northern Crusades in the early 13th century, most land was owned by nobles descended from the German invaders. He accepted baptism, and became a vassal of the pope. The German nobles owned the land and serfdom was the rule. The Duchy of Courland and Semigallia started to exist in 1561 by splitting of Livonia confederation. (at1) Although nominally a vassal state, the dukes operated autonomously*… Throughout the Latvian War of Independence, much of Courland remained a German stronghold. Liepāja and Jelgava operated as the principal industrial centres, with ironworks, agricultural machinery works, tanneries, glass and soap works. Hitler believed them necessary to protect Kriegsmarine submarine bases along the Baltic coast. The Latvian Provisional National Council was proclaimed on 16 November 1917. It was engaged in manufacturing, producing metal, arms, ships and trading with the whole world. Wilhelm recognised the duchy as a German vassal that same month. The promise of gain induced him to authorize wealthy Jews to settle there. 64,500 in 1897); Bauska (6,543); Jaunjelgava (Friedrichstadt) (5,223); Kuldīga (Goldingen) (9,733); Grobiņa (1,489); Aizpute (Hasenpoth) (3,338); Ilūkste (Illuxt) (2,340); Talsi (Talsen) (6,215); Tukums (Tuckum) (7542); and Ventspils (Windau) (7,132). Bm02211am.jpg 314 × 480; 64 KB. Following the February Revolution in Russia, the Autonomous Governorate of Estonia was created on 12 April 1917 (30 March Old Style) from the former Russian Governorate of Estonia and northern Governorate of Livonia. After World War I, Courland became one of five provinces of the newly formed nation of Latvia. Gvido Pētersons, 29 June 1999. BM01147Am.jpg 300 × 480; 37 KB. The Swedes, Russians, and Poles saw the weak Livonian State to satisfy their goals for territorial expansion and economics. (at1) Although nominally a vassal state, the dukes operated autonomously*wI. After May 9, 1945, approximately 203,000 troops of Army Group Courland began to be moved to Soviet prison camps to the east. Wilhelm II. is made up of lakes. Knight of the White Eagle. Courland was no longer an administrative unit under the Soviets but an early Liepāja Oblast, one of three oblasts in Latvia, roughly corresponded to Courland. Duchy of Courland was established in the 16th century as a duchy ruled by German nobility which descended from the times of the Order of Livonia but having a majority of Latvian population. This page was last edited on 27 November 2020, at 14:55. The Duchy of Courland became a focus of strategic interest for both Sweden and … Latvia eventually signed a cease-fire with Germany on 15 July 1920, and the Treaty of Riga of 11 August ended the war. Jacob Kettler (German: Jakob von Kettler; 28 October 1610 1 January 1682) was a Baltic German Duke of the Duchy of Courland and Semigallia (1641 1682). Duchy of Courland and Semigallia, by the Union of Lublin, became a protectorate of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth(1569-1795). After World War I, Courland became a part of the newly formed nation of Latvia, November 18, 1918. The Duchy was one of the smallest European nations to colonize overseas territories, establishing short-lived outp… 75% of the population belonged to the prevailing denomination, Lutheranism; the rest belonged to the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches. It was a vassal state of Grand Duchy of Lithuania and later of Poland-Lithuania.It became independent in 1791, but was annexed by Russian Empire in 1795 during Third Partition of Poland.. Katharina Friederike Wilhelmine Benigna (1781–1839), Princess of Courland, Duchess of Sagan, eldest daughter of last Duke, born 8 February 1781 in Mitau, Duchy of Courland and Semigallia; died 29 November 1839 in Vienna. Flax spinning took place mostly as a domestic industry. With the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk of 3 March 1918, Russia's new Bolshevik government formally relinquished control of Courland to Germany. During World War I, Courland formed part of the Eastern Front theatre of operations that saw fighting primarily between forces of the Russian and German Empires. The Duchy of Courland and Semigallia was briefly a client state of the German Empire. The region of Piltene, owned by the head of the Church of Courland, was regarded as the bishop's private property. The regions of Semigallia and Selonia are sometimes considered as part of Courland as they were formerly held by the same duke. English: The Duchy of Courland and Semigallia in 1740. 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