Riga in the 19th century
Riga was the most important Baltic trading port for both Arbroath and Dundee from 1820 onwards with flax being the main import. The general pattern of trade was the import of these raw materials from the Baltic and export of manufactured goods to North America.
Despite the power swings between Poland, Sweden and Russia, Riga stayed predominantly a German city and it continued to prosper after the devastation of the Great Northern War when it was said that the rest of Latvia was ruled by wolves for a century.
The precise dates of the photographs of Riga's waterfront are not known and could be any time between 1890 and 1930. The colour photograph shows approximately the same view in 1994.
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