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Port of Riga over nine Centuries - XV-th Century

Discovery of the New World resulted in a sudden boom in the trade at the Port of Riga.

In 1492, Columbus discovered America, and this event significantly affected the trade volume between European countries and the City of Riga. The era of large shipments started. The demand for grain and timber increased manifold. Spars were the most valuable export commodities. The Port of Riga moved to the Daugava, leaving the source of the River Ridzene for landings of small sailboats and wintering of ships. Salt, herring, cloth, metalware and colonial goods predominate in the list of goods imported by Riga.