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Port of Riga over nine Centuries - XVI-th Century

The winner in the Livonian War became the possessor of the key of Riga and ruler over the city.

In 1558, the Livonian War began. The Port of Riga was intended as a prize to the winner in the endless fight of the Lithuanian-Polish Union, the Swedish Kingdom and Russia. These were hectic times for the city under the siege of hostile forces, which ended in the victory of the Poles in 1581. In 1591, 391 sailing vessels called at the Port of Riga. However, all in all, the Polish rule reduced the competitiveness of the port due to high taxes.