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They became a well-known group whose numbers increased greatly between the 15th and 17th centuries.
Cossacks were usually organized by Ruthenian boyars or princes of the nobility, especially various Lithuanian starostas. Merchants, peasants and runaways from the Polish—Lithuanian CommonwealthMoscow state and modern Moldova and Romania also joined the Cossacks.
The first recorded Zaporizhian Host prototype was formed when a cousin of Ivan the TerribleDmytro Vyshnevetskybuilt a fortress on the island of Little Khortytsia on the banks of the Lower Dnieper in The Zaporozhian Host adopted a lifestyle that combined the ancient Cossack order and habits with those of the Knights Hospitaller.
The Zaporozhian Cossacks played an important role in European geopoliticsparticipating in a series of conflicts and alliances with the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Russiaand the Ottoman Empire. As a result of the Khmelnytsky Uprising in the middle of the 17th century, the Zaporozhian Cossacks briefly established an independent state, which later became the autonomous Cossack Hetmanate — It was a suzerainty under protection of the Russian Tsar from but ruled by the local Hetmans for a century.
In the latter half of the 18th century, Russian authorities destroyed this Zaporozhian Host and gave its lands to landlords. Some Cossacks moved to the Danube delta region, where they formed the Danubian Sich under Ottoman rule.
To prevent further defection of Cossacks, the Russian government restored the special Cossack status of the majority of Zaporozhian Cossacks. This allowed them to unite in the Host of Loyal Zaporozhians and later to reorganize into other hosts, of which the Black Sea host was most important.
They eventually moved to the Kuban regiondue to the distribution of Zaporozhian Sich lands among landlords and the resulting scarcity of land.
Victorious Zaporozhian Cossack with the head of a Tatar, print The majority of Danubian Sich Cossacks had moved first to the Azov region inand later joined other former Zaporozhian Cossacks in the Kuban region.
Groups were generally identified by faith rather than language in that period,[ citation needed ] and most descendants of Zaporozhian Cossacks in the Kuban region are bilingual, speaking both Russian and the local Kuban dialect of central Ukrainian.
Their folklore is largely Ukrainian. Their actions increased tension along the southern border of the Polish—Lithuanian Commonwealth. Low-level warfare took place in those territories for most of the period of the Commonwealth — In the 16th century, with the power of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth extending south, the Zaporozhian Cossacks were mostly, if tentatively, regarded by the Commonwealth as their subjects.
Bohdan Khmelnytsky 's entry to Kiev by Mykola Ivasiuk,   end of the 19th century Around the end of the 16th century, relations between the Commonwealth and the Ottoman Empire were strained by increasing Cossack aggression.
From the second part of the 16th century, Cossacks started raiding Ottoman territories.
The Polish government could not control the Cossacks, but was held responsible as the men were nominally their subjects. In retaliation, Tatars living under Ottoman rule launched raids into the Commonwealth, mostly in the southeast territories. In retaliation, Cossack pirates started raiding wealthy trading port-cities in the heart of the Ottoman Empire, as these were just two days away by boat from the mouth of the Dnieper river.
By andCossacks had razed suburbs of Constantinopleforcing the Ottoman Sultan to flee his palace. The Polish forced the Cossacks to burn their boats and stop raiding by sea, but they did not give it up entirely. During this time, the Habsburg Empire sometimes covertly hired Cossack raiders to go against the Ottomans to ease pressure on their own borders.Ukraine and Russia: mutual relations and the conditions that determine them Ukrainian — Russian rapprochement ÒsafeguardedÓ by Ukra- both in relation to the West and to Russia.
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