Port of Riga over nine Centuries - XVII-th Century

Swedish times in Riga.

In 1600, the Polish-Swedish War broke out, due to tempts to gain influence over the Baltic Sea. Frequent Swedish attacks blocked the port and restricted trade. In 1621, however, in the decisive battle for Riga, Swedes broke down the resistance of the people of Riga. On average, 300 sailing vessels attended the Port of Riga each year. Though the flow of goods from the East increased, part of the cargoes was shipped through ports of Kurzeme and Prussia due to high customs duties.