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From 830 the Slavic people were united and gave birth to Great Moravia, which attained a certain degree of independence from the Frankish and Byzantine empires.
The Byzantines sent teachers to interpret Christianity in the local dialect, and Saint Cyril developed the first Slavic alphabet, translating the Gospel into the Old Church Slavonic language.
Later kings mortgaged many “Saxon” towns to the Polish, who held onto them until 1769.
The Avars held onto their reign until 803, when they were overthrown by the Slavs with the help of Charlemagne.
With this a Slavic foothold began to take form around Nitra, extensive settlements developing well into the 9 century.
Most historians believe that the Slavic tribes began populating the area around the 6 century, although some archeological evidence points to their existence their as early as thousands of years BC.
Their existence was also mentioned by occasional historical writers throughout the centuries.
Slovakia entered the bronze age from 2000 to 800 BC and became a major producer of copper, this success resulting in a marked increase in the population and construction of fortresses.