Hanseatic League

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Han·se·at·ic League

A former economic and defensive confederation of free towns in northern Germany and neighboring areas. Traditionally dated to a protective alliance formed by Lübeck and Hamburg in 1241, it reached the height of its power in the 1300s and held its last official assembly in 1669.

Hanseatic League

(Historical Terms) a commercial association of towns in N Germany formed in the mid-14th century to protect and control trade. It was at its most powerful in the 15th century. Also called: Hansa or Hanse

Han′seat′ic League′

a medieval league of towns of N Germany and adjacent countries for the promotion and protection of commerce.
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Noun1.Hanseatic League - a commercial and defensive confederation of free cities in northern Germany and surrounding areas; formed in 1241 and most influential in the 14th century when it included over 100 towns and functioned as an independent political power; the last official assembly was held in 1669
confederacy, confederation, federation - a union of political organizations
Bergen - a port city in southwestern Norway
Bremen - a city of northwestern Germany linked by the Weser River to the port of Bremerhaven and the North Sea; in the Middle Ages it was a leading member of the Hanseatic League
Dortmund - an industrial city in northwestern Germany; flourished from the 13th to 17th century as a member of the Hanseatic League
Cologne, Koln - a commercial center and river port in western Germany on the Rhine River; flourished during the 15th century as a member of the Hanseatic League
Halle, Halle-an-der-Saale - a city in the Saxony region of Germany on the Saale River; a member of the Hanseatic League during the 13th and 14th centuries
Hamburg - a port city in northern Germany on the Elbe River that was founded by Charlemagne in the 9th century and is today the largest port in Germany; in 1241 it formed an alliance with Lubeck that became the basis for the Hanseatic League
Hannover, Hanover - a port city in northwestern Germany; formerly a member of the Hanseatic League
Lubeck - a city in northwestern Germany and an important Baltic port; a leading member of the Hanseatic League
Rostock - a city in northeastern Germany near the Baltic sea; an important member of the Hanseatic League in the 14th century
Bruges, City of Bridges - a city in northwestern Belgium that is connected by canal to the North Sea; in the 13th century it was a leading member of the Hanseatic League; the old city (known as the City of Bridges) is a popular tourist attraction
Danzig, Gdansk - a port city of northern Poland near the mouth of the Vistula River on a gulf of the Baltic Sea; a member of the Hanseatic League in the 14th century
Tartu - a city of southeastern Estonia that was a member of the Hanseatic League
capital of Latvia, Riga - a port city on the Gulf of Riga that is the capital and largest city of Latvia; formerly a member of the Hanseatic League
Klaipeda, Memel - a city in western Lithuania on the Baltic Sea; formerly an important trading town of the Hanseatic League

Hanseatic League

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Firstly, it was a key member of the Hanseatic League, a sort of medieval EU for northern Europe.
In previous centuries, Hanseatic League city-states such as Hamburg, Gdansk, Riga, and Dorpat (Tartu) prospered as independent republics governed by mercantile elites.
We soon swapped the Rhine for the meandering River Ijssel and spent the morning on the sundeck as small picturesque towns of the old Hanseatic League of merchants and traders slipped slowly by.
There has been a similar lack of buy-in from other EU member states, with one diplomat saying of Macron's grand designs that "those with visions should go see a doctor." Separately, the Dutch premier Mark Rutte has countered French ambitions by building ties with the more fiscally cautious Nordic and Baltic states to fight federalism, a grouping known as the New Hanseatic League or Hansa (it comprises of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Sweden).
The name of the company is derived from the German word Luft air and Hansa, the Hanseatic League.
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But that will not be acceptable to the Netherlands, which leads the Hanseatic League (comprising the Scandinavian and Baltic countries), or the VisegrEid Group (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia).
The Hanseatic League -- a medieval association of northern German merchants and later many cities along the North and Baltic Sea coastlines and inland -- is widely considered one of the world's earliest free trade zones.
Some might say that vestiges of the ancient maritime practice of the Hanseatic league reached out to us that rainy and fateful day.
The Hanseatic League was a medieval trading union based in the lands around the Baltic sea, and Estonia's strategic location meant it played an important role in the economy of the region and in trade between Europe, Scandinavia and Russia.