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The Oderbruch (literally in German: Oder swamp, bruch is related to the English term brook) is a region along the river Oder between the towns Oderberg and Bad Freienwalde in the north and Lebus in the south. Its maximum extent from north to south is about 56 km, from east to west about 15 km.
King Frederick the Great initiated the drainage of the Oderbruch. The work was carried out in the years 1746-1753, a large tract of marshland being brought under cultivation, said to be a complete province conquered in peace.
- David Blackbourn. "Conquests from Barbarism": Interpreting Land Reclamation in 18th Century Prussia. Harvard University. Accessed 24 May 2006.