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The Obotrites (sometimes Abodrites, Obodrites) were a group of Slavic peoples who had in the 6th century settled in the regions later known as Mecklenburg and Schleswig-Holstein in what is now north-eastern Germany. Because of their links to other neighbouring Slavic ethnic groups they are regarded as a sub-group of Polabian Slavs.

They alternately fought with and served as tributaries to the Frankish kings and their successors in the East, albeit at times they themselves collected tributes from the Danes and Saxons, acknowledging finally the suzerainty of the Holy Roman Empire in 1170, after which the region underwent rapid Germanisation. However, through the late 15th century, most villagers were still speaking Slavic dialects (Polabian language).

In common with other Slavic groups, they were often described by Frankish sources as Wends.

See also

pl:Obodryci de:Abodriten_(Volk)

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