Although no precise documentation was ever recorded for the founding of Minsk, it’s been said that in the ninth Century, Early East Slavs were the first to inhabit of what is now the hills of the present day Capital. In 1067, a fierce battle involving Polatsk soldiers and Kiev took place which then afterwards made Minsk recognized as a town after it was restored.
Because Minsk was on the way to becoming a thriving city, it was frequently besieged by many invaders starting with a back and forth annexation between Kiev, Novgorod and Polatsk. This lasted from 870 until 1242. In the mid 16th century, the Russian Empire in turn occupied the capital. This occupation was considered to be the most significant to the growth of Minsk as it had an importance in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth for being the center of Commerce and Culture. Traders in the city exported many products such as wood, wax, glass and many more.
By the 2nd World War, the numerous battles severely damaged the city when the population dropped to a sudden spike. Before the war started, the city had a total population of 300,000. Many structures, livelihood and communities were destroyed because of the war and by the time the Soviet army got the city back from the Germans.
More than half of the population was gone with 50,000 Jews executed. Barely a structure was standing. Minsk then was left with 50,000 people.
Since then after the war, the city continued to grow and never haltered its development. The population has since then multiplied and in 2006 recorded to have a 1.7 million population. Businesses were flourishing, many housing projects were constructed to support the growing population, and metro systems were formed for easier transportation. The Minsk is now worthy of being called the Capital of Belarus.