ⓘ History of Transnistria
In ancient times, the area was inhabited by Thracian and Scythian tribes. Pliny the Elder names the Tyragetae, a Getae tribe living on an island of the Dniester ancient name "Tyras", the Axiacae living along the Tiligul River ancient "Axiaces" and the Crobyzi, a Thracian tribe living beyond the Dniester.
While the territory beyond the Dniester was never politically part of Moldova, some areas of Transnistria belonged to the Moldavian boyars, who are of the Moldavian rulers. The earliest surviving Affairs touching the ground for Dnister date from the 16th century. Moldavian chronicle Grigore Ureche mentions that in 1584, some Moldavian villages from beyond the Dnister in the Polish territory were attacked and plundered by Cossacks. Many Moldovans were members of Cossacks units, two of them, Ioan Potcoava and Danila Apostol, were Hetman of Ukraine.
Along with the nomadic Nogai Tatar population, the region was inhabited by Romanians, Ukrainians, poles, and Russians. In 1927, Columbia University Professor Charles Upson Clark, wrote that the Lower Dniester was "almost purely Romanian stream" from 1792.