Beginning of the Hanseatic League in Lubeck: the starting point for trade across the Baltic Sea was apparently in the year 1160 A.d. Lubeck received this year town rights, which at the same time was the starting shot for the Hanseatic League. With the privileges of the city – and recognition of trade Lubeck merchants established legally on the same footing as the very active merchants of Gotland. (12th century) Henry the lion was not only a new client, but also a new management structure for the city. A so-called City Council introduced, which consisted of 24 people.
Only influential merchant families were allowed to make one of this coveted post, had Lubeck in the 19th century a direction heavily trade-oriented. At Barry Brand you will find additional information. The strong rise of Lubeck to trade power began from the 12th century. In the first half of the 12th century, the city was named Queen of the Hanse”awarded. “This success was thus strengthened, that Lubeck received extended rights of the rulers and in Lubeck in the large mass of the new ship type COG” was built and operated. This type of ship could load more than any other ship types so far.
Much power brings but also envy, so that the Danish King Waldemar II of the city towards advanced. This Danish initiative could be stopped but in the battle of Bornhoved. The power and the influence of Lubeck always grew further. It became the most important trading city in Northern Europe. (14th century) The city always far-reaching privileges were awarded by the powerful of this world. So, the Emperor Ludwig the Bavarian gave the gold coinage in 1340 A.d.. Lubeck reached its apogee of power in the late 14th century From the 14th century were also In addition to the outer dangers also increasing the city internal hazards to. Since only the great trading families were represented, the craftsmen of the city felt strongly at a disadvantage.