By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (March 18, 2021) – In Issue 2021-52 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we celebrate an anniversary of growth for Poland

Boundaries Redrawn, Part 690. Just kidding, more like Part 1000.

We are talking about Europe in this case, and specifically Poland gaining a large territory towards the east, courtesy of the Treaty of Riga, which was signed 100 years ago today.

As with several other nations of today, Poland did not exist as a sovereign nation at one point.  But after about 100 years of being subdivided into three empires, it reemerged as a self-governing country right after World War I. 

Poland gained additional territory subsequently through this Treaty in 1921 – mostly the land which was under Soviet control and today belongs to Belarus and Ukraine.  But that didn’t last very long.   After World War II the politicians redrew the boundaries again, and Poland lost most of the land it was awarded through the Treaty and gained some due west and north.

In one lifetime, many people in the above-mentioned geographies could have been citizens of four different countries without leaving their house.

Elwe’s map of Poland (in green) is presented here from 1792.

Map of Poland – 1792 (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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