Serfdom is fixed in Estonia

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1645

Governor Gustav Oxenstierna's renewed land arrangement in 1645, affirmed the serfdom in Estonia. The Swedish peasantry was free and even represented at the Diet; from time to time, kings spoke out in support of the Baltic peasants, saying that they should have rights similar to those of the Swedish, but in fact, the decisions made there were quite the opposite.

Image: Governor of Estonia, (posthumous count) Gustav Gabrielsson Oxenstierna af Croneborg

Source: Ain Mäesalu, Tõnis Lukas, Mati Laur, Tõnu Tannberg. Eesti ajalugu I. Avita, Tallinn 1995
Image source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/et/4/4f/Gustav_oxe.jpg


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