Multiple wars and pestilence ravaged Poznań in the 17th and 18th centuries, leaving the local population decimated and the city in ruins. The authorities searched for ways to help the town recover from its economic collapse. Ultimately, they settled on an interesting idea. They chose to bring settlers from Bamberg, Germany, offering them favourable terms for establishing themselves in Poznań-owned villages. The first wave of settlers arrived in 1719. Although further settlers came from various other regions of southern Germany, they were all referred to as Bambergers. In the villages in which they settled, they outnumbered the Polish population. They assimilated with the local community with which they shared their Roman Catholic faith. These very resourceful and hard-working people contributed greatly to the development of farming techniques and the city’s income.