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The first inhabitants of the Czech lands were prehistoric fish Thats because the country at the time was covered by a prehistoric ocean - thanks to which it is possible to find some very nice fossils of trilobytes in the Czech Republic today Todays Czech Republic was later populated by dinosaurs of all sorts and later by neanderthals and even by mammoths The prehistoric settlement of the present-day Czech Republic by people culminated in the fourth century BC with the arrival of the Celts the first modern human inhabitants of this territory that we know of In fact the Latin name for the Czech lands Boiohaemum Bohemia is derived from the name of the Boii Celtic tribe and the Czech name for the Moldau River which flows through the capital city of Prague is Vltava - which is said to come from the Celtic Vlt meaning wild and Va meaning water The Czech Celts were in part chased out of the region and in part assimilated by the next peoples to inhabit the area the Germanic Marcomanni and Quadi tribes from the west and the Romans from the south The Romans didnt actually occupy Czech territory - they only got as far north as the Danube River which flows from Germany - through Austria along its border with Slovakia - and then over to Hungary before continuing on to Yugoslavia and so just misses the Czech lands During the Migration of Peoples - roughly from the 3d to the 7th centuries AD - Slav colonization spread westward from the Steppes of the East probably from Panonia all the way to the territory of the present-day Czech Republic and up to Poland and down again to Yugoslavia From probably the sixth century AD on the Slavic peoples settled in several waves of migration into the regions which had been conveniently abandoned by the Germanic tribes This is the way that
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