History

The area where the LAGs operate today has a very rich history. For a long time, the area belonged to the Slavic tribe Ślężanie, from whom the name of the entire region of Silesia is derived. Many places were legally recognized as towns already in the 13th century. They usually thrived and grew in the 16th and 17th centuries because of the consolidation of weaving, commercial, and artisanal centres. Invasions, the Thirty Years War, the Silesian Wars, and numerous fires are etched into the turbulent history of this region. World War II also left a bloody mark on this land. Near the war's end, the area was occupied by the Red Army, and many residents were displaced. After the war, attempts were made to rebuild most of the monuments and restore the towns to their former glory. These attempts were largely successful. Today, the area is economically important, and the efforts of the local authorities to restore the cultural and natural heritage of the region has encouraged the development of tourism.