By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (May 3, 2022) – In Issue 2022-078 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn about the adoption of a Constitution in Europe.

Polish Constitution Day

Polish Constitution Day is today, celebrating the first modern style constitution in Europe enacted in 1791.

It addressed the defects in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.   It was a short-lived constitution as the Russo-Polish War one year later eventually nullified the Polish Constitution.

Poland’s borders have been quite fluid over the centuries in large part because of its relatively flat terrain making military attacks easy.  The above war is just one example of that.

Here is Homann’s map of Poland and the Baltic States from 1739.

Poland & Baltic States- 1739 ( Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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