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Hanseatic Links are Celebrated

By Linda Tancs

Throughout the North Sea and Baltic Sea regions, seafaring merchants joined together centuries ago to form a social, cultural and economic alliance known as the Hanseatic League.  During medieval times, League members met on a “Hanse day” to agree on commercial matters.   Nowadays Hanseatic unity is celebrated each year on International Hanse Day.  Celebrated on the third Saturday of May, the maritime communities commemorate their Hanseatic links, past and present.  At England’s King’s Lynn, for instance, the medieval maritime town will feature guided walking tours along the waterfront, fire breathers and minstrels, archery, craft demonstrations and fireworks.

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[…] and dimension. Known as the Hanse Sail, the event is quite appropriate for a city like this with a Hanseatic League history. Attracting over one million visitors, the event features tall ships, schooners, sloops, […]


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