Trakai Voivodeship
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Trakai Voivodeship
Trakai Voivodeship
Lithuanian: Trak? vaivadija
Latin: Palatinatus Trocensis
Polish: Województwo trockie
Voivodeship of
Grand Duchy of Lithuania (1413-1569)
Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (1569-1795)
1413-1795
Coat of arms of Trakai
Coat of arms
Trakai Voivodeship within Lithuania in the 17th century.png
Trakai Voivodeship (in red) in the 17th century
CapitalTrakai
Area 
o 1570
31,100 km2 (12,000 sq mi)
o 1790
23,885 km2 (9,222 sq mi)
Population 
o 1790
288000
 o TypeMonarchy
LegislatureSejmik
History 
o Established by Union of Horod?o
1413
1569
1795
Political subdivisionsCounties: 4
Population and area are given according to Vaitiek?nas, Stasys (2006). Lietuvos gyventojai: Per du t?kstantme?ius (in Lithuanian). Vilnius: Mokslo ir enciklopedij? leidybos institutas. pp. 53, 71. ISBN 5-420-01585-4.

Trakai Voivodeship,[1] Trakai Palatinate, or Troki Voivodeship[2] (Lithuanian: Trak? vaivadija, Latin: Palatinatus Trocensis, Polish: Województwo trockie), was a unit of administrative division and local government in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania from 1413 until 1795.

History

Trakai Voivodeship together with Vilnius Voivodeship was established by the Grand Duke of Lithuania Vytautas the Great in 1413 according to the Union of Horod?o.[1] Vytautas copied the Polish system of administrative division in order to centralize and strengthen the government. Trakai Voivodeship replaced the former Duchy of Trakai, which was ruled directly by the Grand Duke or his close relative (brother or son). The Duke of Trakai (Latin: dux Trocensis) was replaced by appointed officials - voivodes and his deputy castellan.

The voivodeship was divided into four powiats: Grodno County, Kaunas, Trakai (ruled directly by the voivode), and Upyt?.[1] The biggest cities in the voivodeship were Kaunas, Grodno and Trakai.

The western portion of the voivodeship was split off in 1513 by Sigismund I the Old and transferred to the Polish Crown. It was organized as the Podlaskie Voivodeship. In 1793, the counties of Grodno, Sokó?ka and Wo?kowysk one of Nowogródek Voivodeship were merged into Grodno Voivodeship.

After the Union of Lublin the voivodeship, together with the whole Grand Duchy of Lithuania, became part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth until the partitions of the Commonwealth in 1795. Most of the territory became part of the Russian Empire, while territories west of the Neman River - part of the Province of East Prussia.

Voivodes

The Voivode of Trakai (Polish: Wojewoda trocki, Lithuanian: Trak? vaivada) was one of the most important state offices in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. They were appointed from prominent magnate families and competed only with voivode of Vilnius and Grand Chancellors for power and prestige.[3] Voivodes were the ex officio members of the Lithuanian Council of Lords. Voivodes had their residence in Trakai city, near Galv? Lake, north of the Trakai Peninsula Castle.

List of voivodes

Trakai Voivodeship in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Lau?ikas, Rimvydas (2004-10-15). "Trak? vaivadija". Aruodai (in Lithuanian). Lithuanian Institute of History. Retrieved .
  2. ^ Leszczy?ski, Anatol (1980). ?ydzi ziemi bielskiej od po?owy XVII w. do 1795 r.: studium osadnicze. Zak?ad Narodowy im. Ossoli?skich. p. 248. ISBN 83-04-00389-9.
  3. ^ Simas Su?ied?lis, ed. (1970-1978). "Trakai". Encyclopedia Lituanica. V. Boston, Massachusetts: Juozas Kapo?ius. p. 491. LCC 74-114275.

Coordinates: 54°38?22?N 24°56?06?E / 54.639319°N 24.935049°E / 54.639319; 24.935049


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