Treaty of Utrecht (1474)

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Hanseatic Warehouse in King's Lynn.

The Treaty of Utrecht was signed in 1474 after the Anglo-Hanseatic War between England and the Hanseatic League.

This naval war had begun in 1470 using the naval strategy of commerce raiding in the North sea and the Channel. One of the most successful Man of war was the Peter von Danzig. The war, mainly driven by the cities Danzig and Lübeck, was a war against increasing English pressure against the trade of the Hanseatic cities of the southern coast of the Baltic sea, while Cologne had opposed and was therefore temporarily excluded from the Hansa. The treaty negotiated by Lübeck's mayor Hinrich Castorp granted the threatened privileges and the Hanseatic League gained ownership of the London Steelyard premises, which were secured this way until the middle of the 19th century as Hanseatic property in London.[1]

The Hanseatic Warehouse in King's Lynn was constructed in 1475 as part of the Treaty of Utrecht allowing the Hansa to establish a trading depot in Lynn for the first time. It was used as such until 1751 and is the only remaining building of the Hanseatic League in England.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Salter, F.R. "The Hanse, Cologne, and the Crisis of 1468" The Economic History Review 3.1 (January 1931), pp. 93-101.

Sources[edit]

  • Dollinger, Philippe. The German Hansa. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1970.