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The area around the present city of Breclav was the site of the first Slav settlements in the area in the 6th century A.D., when they came from the southeast along the Danube. A fortress was established here in the 9th century as a part of the Great Moravian Empire, though it was later destroyed in the invasions from Hungary that brought down the empire in the 10th century.
The successors to the empire, the Premyslidsof Prague, then built a castle named after Prince Bretislav to defend the frontier. With the peace of following centuries came greater colonization, primarily from nearby Austria, peaking in the 13th century. During the Hussite Wars, the area was frequently a battleground between the Hussites and crusading armies from Hungary and Austria, and even after the wars the region was often subject to Hungarian incursions. The most important family in the region, and in the whole country at one time, was the the Liechtensteins, who had been expanding their holdings in the region since the 14th century, at the expense of the local landed nobility. They had already established residences at Lednice (Eisgrub) and Valtice (Feldsburg) to the east of Breznov, and in the confiscations of the estates of Protestant nobles that followed the Thirty Years' War,
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