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Port of Riga over nine Centuries - XVIII-th Century

Riga became the first Russian port in the Baltic Sea.

In 1700, Russian Tsar Peter I declared war on Sweden. In 1710, the key to the City of Riga was received by Count Sheremetyev. The 18th century witnessed intensive engineering and construction work, which was carried out to adjust the Daugava River bed. The deepening of the river and protection of the city against spring floods were the main reason to start the construction of dams. In 1788, one lighthouse was set up in Daugavgriva, which replaced the existing bonfire in the log tower. The first navigation school was opened.