Teutonic Order 1190-Today
The Teutonic Order, or the Teutonic
Knights, are a religious order.
The order was established in 1190 in
Jerusalem during the Third Crusade. These fellows are still active
but they have calmed down a bit since.
800-1400 German Settlements
The founding members of the order were
German pilgrims and knights who fought at the time at Acre, which is
today's Akko in Israel.
The German name of the order is
Deutscher Ritter-Orden, or formally Haus der Ritter
des Hospitals Sankt Marien der Deutschen zu Jerusalem, which
means House of the Hospitalers of Saint Mary of the Teutons in
After their crusader battles, the
Teutonic Knights went back home but took off again soon after to assist
Poland in her fight against pagans from the Baltic regions.
Russia 1240 - Tartar Invasion
And here is the map of the territory
belonging to the Teutonic Order 1386-1560.
1386-1560 Baltic Regions
Click map to enlarge
Treaty of Luneville in 1801, and the
Treaty of Pressburg in 1805, the Order lost their
territories left of the Rhine. On April 24, 1809,
Napoleon gave away most the Order's remaining
provinces, declared the organization terminated, and that
In 1834, the Order was restored in
Vienna. This time around the order focused more on its religious
ideas. You can visit
their website here.