Old map of Poland


The history of Poland has its roots in the early migrations of Slavs, who established permanent West Slavic settlements in the Polish lands during the Early Middle Ages. The first ruling dynasty, the Piasts, emerged by the 10th century AD. Duke Mieszko I (d. 992) is considered the de facto creator of the Polish state and is widely recognized for the adoption of Western Christianity that followed his baptism in 966.

Mieszko’s duchy of Poland was formally reconstituted as a medieval kingdom in 1025 by his son BolesÅ‚aw I the Brave, known for military expansion under his rule.


Animated History of Poland