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This term is of recent vintage and was never applied as such to lands under Polish suzerainty. It does apply to lands currently encompassed by Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Lithuania is a name that has a strong historical association with Poland, because from the 14th until the late 18th century the Grand Duchy of Lithuania was joined with Poland in, first a dynastic and then a federal union. Names of other regions of the Baltics over which Poland had at one time suzerainty include Courland, Inflanty, Livonia, Kurlandia, Semigalia, Samogitia, and »mud╝. Currently, 7% of Lithuania's population is ethnically Polish.

For notes on other regions check out Annotated Listing of Poland's current and former regions
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