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Re: [SLOVAK-ROOTS] Re: Svrcina, Svrcek et al

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  • Andrea Vangor
    Thanks very much for the explanation. You are as good as a history course, Joe. ... From: Joe Armata To:
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      Thanks very much for the explanation. You are as good as a history course,
      Joe.


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Joe Armata <joe@...>
      To: <SLOVAK-ROOTS@egroups.com>
      Sent: Friday, June 23, 2000 6:27 AM
      Subject: [SLOVAK-ROOTS] Re: Svrcina, Svrcek et al


      > Svrc~ina is a Slovak word, it means a pine tree or a pine grove.
      >
      > The term Valas~sko (Wallachia) in Moravia dates back to the late middle
      > ages. It's the westernmost end of the Carpathians, and the last area to
      > be affected by the Wallachian migrations. It was called Valas~sko
      > because of the shepherding culture there, as opposed to the Hana area of
      > Moravia where people were farmers. Valach originally referred to the
      > mixed ethnic group of Wallachians, but as they assimilated to the local
      > population it came to mean just shepherd. Over the years shepherding gave
      > way to farming in Valas~sko, so by the 1800s they were mostly farmers too,
      > with shepherding surviving only in a few places like around Roznov.
      >
      > Joe Armata
      > joe@...
      >
      >
      > > Yes! I first thought that I might have one of those wandering shepherds
      > > here. But is the name Svrc~ina a Rumanian name? And can someone please
      > > enlighten me as to why part of Moravia is called Wallachia?
      >
      >
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