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(Settlement) Elbing Hanseatic City

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Vikings settled near the current site of Elbląg, the settlement was burned down two centuries ago and the Hell knights conquered the region, built a castle, and founded Elbing taking a population mostly from Lübeck as workers.

Granted a a place in the Hanseatic League, the knights have used the town to establish bases throughout the Baltic. The Order’s involvement in the League was somewhat contradictory. In whatever cities they founded the ultimate authority was the commander of the town, who keeps office in the citadel, typically used as a prison. Hanseatic law, on the other hand, provided for self-government of the town.

Membership in the Hanseatic League has meant having important trading contacts with England, Flanders, France, and the Netherlands. The city received numerous merchant privileges from the rulers of England, Poland, Pomerania. For instance it has been granted an emporium privilege for grains, metals, and forest products.

Except for the citadel and churches, Elbing is a small village. It featured a wharf, a marketplace and five streets.

The inhabitants hate the Knights and their castle they are secretly looking to the Polish crown to support a revolution.

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