|Starting in the 11th century, the southern and eastern shores of the Baltic
were settled by
Germans (and to a lesser extent by
Scots) in the course of the
The Polabian Slavs were gradually assimilated by the Germans.
|In the 13th to 17th centuries, the strongest economic force in Northern Europe became the Hanseatic league, which used the Baltic Sea to establish trade routes between its member cities.|
Eventually, it was the Swedish Empire that virtually encompassed the Baltic Sea. In Sweden the sea was then referred to as Mare Nostrum Balticum ("Our Baltic Sea").
|In due time many German, Scandinavian and Dutch families
settled in the Baltic states and those families transformmed to a kind
of upperclass in this area.
For many families ended this area with the end of the 2nd world war when they had to flee for the Russina army.
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