Chodkiewiczowie i ich Puszcza Błudów w XV-XVI w.
The Chodkiewicz family and their Bludov Forest in the 15th and 16th century
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Podlaskie Voivodeship in the 15th and at the beginning of the 16th century was an area which was given to great Lithuanian men. Probably in 1466, Juriewicz Chodko received the Bludov Forest located near the Supraśl River. His grandson, Alexander Chodkiewicz, returned to the property of the Bludov Forest and built a castle called Supraśl in a small town of Gródek. He was accused of treason and imprisoned from 1509 to 1511. His estate was subordinated to large prince’s castles in Bielsk Podlaski and Suraż. The colonization of the Bludov Forest was carried out. In 1512, Zygmunt I ordered Alexander Chodkiewicz to return the territory along with settlers. On the request of Queen Bona and King Zygmunt August, Alexander Chodkiewicz reorganized the landed estates belonging to Knyszyn, he also managed this lease. Chodkiewicz estates were divided in 1550. The Great hetman of Lithuania received a huge part of the Bludov Forest and his brother George obtained a part of the Hunting Bludov with the manor house Niezbudka (latter known as Michałowo).
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