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Corollaries Of Commerce Between England And Gdańsk In The Fifteenth And Sixteenth Centuries

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Mercantile accords, shipping patterns, and commodity structures offer a valuable though far from complete picture of relations between Gdansk (Danzig) and England in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Long-distance trade also made possible a range of interpersonal contacts. Sigismund's only meaningful intervention came in Gdansk, where religious discord contributed to the erosion of political and social order. An essential life-sustaining residual of bilateral exchange at both ends of the England-Gdansk trade axis was gainful employment. English customs records permit identification of the leading Steelyard merchants at the beginning of the 1490s and, based on estimated values of goods imported and exported, eight of the top sixteen were Gdanskers. The interpersonal contact that the integrated trade of England and Gdansk encouraged likely was not limited to friendships and extended familial ties, heresy, and direct exploitation of labour.

Keywords: England; Gdansk; trade

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