Historical Site

For more than 600 years, merchants speaking Low German conduct their business in a unique network that extends across northern Europe and as far south as the cities of the Mediterranean. In the 12th century they set off in groups to travel to lucrative new markets. The merchants receive protection and privileges from the local rulers and establish trading posts in important commercial centres – the Hanseatic kontors.

From the  mid-14th century onwards, representatives of the Hanseatic towns and cities hold assemblies known as Hansetage to take joint political and economic decisions. The long-distance merchants defend their privileges by all  possible means. But to this day, there is no consensus on what the Hanse actually is. This could also be because the way the merchants are organised changes constantly over the centuries ...


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