Belarus is a unique country. Its history is a little-known page in the world history. More over the Belarusians know the history of their Motherland not better than their neighbours do. But they can be proud of their past, culture and art.
The geographical position of the country, the development of trade attracted Dutch herring- salters, Tatar tanners and Chinese silkmen who bought in exchange furs, dried fish, salt, linen, sailcloth, ropes, timber, tar and foodstuffs.
11th century – attacked Polotsk and Turov. In the 13th century – the Crusaders invaded Belarus from the west – the Napoleon invasion – World War I – the Soviet-Polish war and the World War II and Nazi occupation
The life changed On January 1, 1919 the Declaration on the formation of the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic was adopted. In December 1922 it joined the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics (the USSR) as one of its founders. Belarus proclaimed its sovereignty on July 27, In December 1991 it was one of the three Slavic republics of the former USSR to form the CIS (the Commonwealth of Independent States) with the headquarters in Minsk.
People hope for the best… The long history has taught Belarusians to overcome difficulties. People anxious about the future of their children after the Chernobyl catastrophe, And still they hope for the best.