The Hanseatic League was a combination of towns in North-west Germany for the mutual protection (1) of their commerce against the Baltic pirates, (2) of their liberties against the encroachments of neighbouring princes. It was founded in 1241, and numbered at the time sixty-four cities, now dwindled to three — Hamburg, Lubeck and Bremen.

Note by A.J.Grieve (MA), from The Situation of France in Part One of Reflections On The Revolution In France
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