Chapter 16

Hanseatic Merchants and Credit, 1300–1700

M. North

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Beginning in the thirteenth century, the Hanseatic League, originally an association of traveling merchants, developed into a powerful league of cities that dominated trade, shipping, and politics in the North Sea and Baltic Sea regions for three centuries. Trade proceeded from east to west along the main line from Novgorod to Reval, Riga, Visby, Danzig, Stralsund, Lübeck, and Hamburg and ...

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