Polesie

Short Description/History

Lowlands stretching east by northeast of Lublin along the course of the Prypec River and its tributaries to the Dnieper River. It is characterized by its many marshes. During the inter war period, the region formed a Polish province, currently most of the region lies in Belarus with a small western segment in Poland and southern part in the Ukraine. A land of swamps, marshes and peat-bogs where the ground waters are just below the surface forming many shallow lakes, many unreachable except when the marshes are frozen in winter. This is the largest such region in Europe. Once it was part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Polesie was largely part of Poland in the 1921-39 period when the country's largest provinces bore that name. It was an area populated by historically very highly patriotic Polish gentry surrounded by local peasantry. WWII has resulted in virtual elimination of the Polish population from areas incorporated into the then Soviet Republics of Belarus and Ukraine. Although some Polish communities still survive to the present day.

This beautiful district was populated with different people, 62% of the population couldn't describe it's nationality nor it's parent language, basically describing themselves as "locals". They were usually called "Poleszczukami" and used a dialect of "prosta" straight or "chlopska" worker/peasant. They were dialects of different origins ie: Belorussian, Polish and Russian.

"Te urocza kraine zamieszkiwala wyjatkowa ludnosc. 62,5% mieszkanców nie potrafilo okreslic swojej narodowosci ani nazwy jezyka ojczystego, podajac sie w spisach ludnosci jako „tutejsi”. Zwani byli zwykle Poleszukami, a poslugiwali sie mowa „prosta” lub „chlopska”, w odróznieniu od „panskiej”, czyli polskiej. Byly to dialekty bialoruskie, uproszczone, z duza domieszka slów polskich, a takze rosyjskich."

Polesie is a fascinating, ancient region, where hundreds of years ago lived Slavonic tribes of Radimichi and Plyane. The Region of forests and rivers, blue lakes and impenetrable marshes. Age-old oaks and fir-trees preserve and give from one generation to the other the spirit of freedom, love and devotion. A scarlet day break (dawn) rises over Polesie and the fog, having torn off the lakes and rivers, gets high up in the sky and spills over fields and meadows with motley colours of a rising sun. The dawn of Polesie will tremble and its golden rays will twine. The heat will sink seeing this beauty and you a quail of Polesie a crane of Belarus or a swan of Russia will follow the rising sun

These are the major Towns of Polesie

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Bobrujsk

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Borysow

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Brzesc

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Homel

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Kobryn

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Mogilew

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Pinsk

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Witebsk

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