The Truce of Altmark

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16. September 1629

After loosing Tartu, the Polish could not bring another turn to the war: in 1626 battles were lost at Courland and afterward the Swedish forces invaded Prussia On September 16, 1629 (according to the new calendar), a six year truce was signed in Altmark. It left Southern Estonia and Northern Latvia (what was later to become the Livonian governorate) to Sweden. Initially, it was expected that hostile activities would continue in 1635, but in the same year it was decided to renew the treaty for another 26 years. Livonia still remained a contested area for that time. It was only in 1660, that Poland-Lithuania waved all claim to it.


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