LOW GERMAN is the direct descendant of an ancient European language, known as OLD SAXON. As with all languages, it has undergone many changes over the centuries. In its current form, through its many dialects, it is still spoken by many in the north of Germany, northern Poland, South America, Australia, South Africa and North America (specifically the midwestern United States).
In its earliest OLD SAXON form, Low German was spoken in northern Germany and lower Scandinavia. The Saxons were among those tribes in that area that had broken off, along about 2,000 B.C. from the very ancient Indo-European settlers, bringing just the Old Germanic part of the overall primitive Indo- European tongue to northern Europe. After arriving there, the majority of these primitive Old Germanic dialects evolved and formed together into the aforementioned OLD SAXON language, which was spoken by a number of Germanic tribes. It was even carried by them to Britain during the Ango-Saxon Invasion ( cir.450 A.D.), and there it eventually evolved into ENGLISH. People don't realize that when they're speaking English, there are indirectly speaking a form of Low German. Back then the High German language hadn't yet been invented.
Back in its original German homeland in northern Europe, the OLD SAXON language evolved into something called LOW SAXON, which eventually evolved into and took the name LOW GERMAN (Nedderdüütsch). And a bit later it became known as PLATT DÜÜTSCH. Low German was for centuries quite prominent, becoming the international trading language of the Hanseatic League, in the 11th to 15th centuries. In northern Germany at that time, it was more broadly spoken than was any form of High German. And it is still spoken today, in its various dialects.
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