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  1. Brandenburg-Prussia also established a navy and German colonies in the Brandenburger Gold Coast and Arguin. Frederick William , known as "The Great Elector", opened Brandenburg-Prussia to large-scale immigration (" Peuplierung ") of mostly Protestant refugees from all across Europe (" Exulanten "), most notably Huguenot immigration following the Edict of Potsdam .

  2. Frederick William (German: Friedrich Wilhelm; 16 February 1620 – 29 April 1688) was Elector of Brandenburg and Duke of Prussia, thus ruler of Brandenburg-Prussia, from 1640 until his death in 1688. A member of the House of Hohenzollern , he is popularly known as " the Great Elector " [1] ( der Große Kurfürst ) because of his military and political achievements.

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    Brandenburg-Prussia. In 1618, East Brandenburg became part of Brandenburg-Prussia after the electors' inheritance of the Duchy of Prussia. During the Thirty Years' War (1618–1648) both Swedish and Imperial troops plundered, ravaged and burnt the land, while plague epidemics in 1626 and 1631 killed much of the populace.

  4. He then ruled both territories in a personal union which came to be known as Brandenburg-Prussia. In this way, the fortuitous marriage of John Sigismund to Anna of Prussia, and the deaths of her maternal uncle in 1609 and her father in 1618 without immediate male heirs, proved to be the key events by which Brandenburg acquired territory both in the Rhineland and on the Baltic coast.

  5. The Central European borders of Brandenburg–Prussia (blue-green) and the Habsburg monarchy (red) in 1756, after Prussia's seizure of Silesia in the First Silesian War The First Silesian War ended in a clear victory for Prussia, which secured some 35,000 square kilometres (14,000 sq mi) of new territory and around a million new subjects, [60] greatly enhancing its resources and prestige.

  6. Brandenburg-Prussia 1618 – 1701 Kingdom in Prussia 1701 – 1772 Kingdom of Prussia 1772 – 1918 Free State of Prussia (Germany) 1918 – 1947

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    Above all, he emphasised the importance of a powerful military to protect the state's disconnected territories, while the Edict of Potsdam (1685) opened Brandenburg-Prussia for the immigration of Protestant refugees (especially Huguenots), and he established a bureaucracy to carry out state administration efficiently.