Port of Riga over nine Centuries - XIII-th Century

Foundation of Riga.

The beginning of the 13th century is connected with the arrival of German Bishop Albert, that is described in the chronicles, and the Order of Knights of the Christ established by Bishop Albert with a view to control trade with Slavonic nations and introduce the Christian faith to local inhabitants. The year 1201 is considered to be the official year of foundation of Riga with Bishop Albert as its founder. In the 13th century, the Town Council of Riga entered into agreements on international trade and exchange of goods with Eastern principalities and Hansaetic towns, thus Riga became an important interstate trade port and a member of the Hansaetic League.