TAMH: Trading Ports

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Libau in the 16th century

(Liepaja, Latvia)

Libau, the modern Liepaja, is one of two major ice-free ports (with Ventspils) in Kurzeme, the westernmost region of Latvia. Courland, as it once was, was named after the Curi, a seafaring people, who lived here before the German knights arrived. Courland became a duchy under Polish sovereignty after the breakup of Livonia (1562) as a result of the Livonian wars between Sweden and Russia. It belonged then to Gotthard Kettlers, the last Grand Master of the Teutonic Order and flourished in the next century under Jekabs Kettlers.

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