The province of Dalarna formed part of Svealand before the formation of Sweden in the 11th century.
Three historically notorious rebellions started in the Dalarna province:
In 1434, led by Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson, the miners rose against the oppression of the officers of Eric of Pomerania.
In 1519–1523 Gustav Vasa found his first and staunchest supporters among the miners in his revolt against the Kalmar Union under King Christian II.
In 1524–1533 the Dalecarlians and local nobles rebelled against Gustav's increasingly autocratic rule and reformist religious policies; three uprisings were brutally suppressed. Some of the leaders were executed as alleged collaborators of King Christian during the liberation war.
In 1743, the Dalecarlian Rebellion against the Hats, which was the last major peasants' uprising in Sweden.
Dalarna is of historical importance, twice (1434 and 1521) having been instrumental in freeing Sweden from Danish rule. The copper mine at Falun and the iron of Bergslagen helped finance Sweden’s rise to power in the 17th century, climaxed by the military campaigns of Gustav II Adolf in the Thirty Years’ War (1618–48).
Dalarna, formerly Dalecarlia, län (county) and traditional landskap (province), central Sweden. It extends from the Norwegian border in the west nearly to the town of Gävle, on the Gulf of Bothnia in the east. Dalarna county came into being in 1997 when Kopparberg county was renamed; the county capital is Falun. Dalarna province is coextensive with but slightly larger than Dalarna county and includes a small portion of northwestern Gävleborg county.
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