Silesian Voivodeship

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Silesian Voivodeship (Polonism - known in English as Silesia Province, or by its Polish name of województwo śląskie [vɔjɛˈvut​͡stfɔ ˈɕlɔ̃skʲɛ]) is a voivodeship, or province, in southern Poland, centering on the historic region known as Upper Silesia (Górny Śląsk). Its capital is Katowice, the same of the Autonomous Silesian Voivodeship of interwar Poland.

It was created on January 1, 1999, out of the former Katowice, Częstochowa and Bielsko-Biała Voivodeships, pursuant to the Polish local government reforms adopted in 1998.

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History

The Silesian voivodeship is historically territorially aligned with the European region of Upper Silesia

History of Upper Silesia

At the time of Svatopluk I and King Arnulf of Carinthia in the 9th century, Silesia was a part of Greater Moravia; after its destruction in the early 10th century, it was conquered by Bohemia. A number of earlier inhabitants of Silesia, the Silingi, remained in the region and they concentrated around the Zobten mountain and in a settlement named Niempsch (derived from a Slavic name for Germans).[citation needed]

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