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The Old Salt Route (German: Alte Salzstraße) was a medieval trade route in northern Germany for the transport of salt. The salt, at that time also called "white gold", was mined near Lüneburg. The trade route led from there northward to Lübeck, from where it was shipped to several destinations around the Baltic Sea, where it was needed for the preservation of fish, which was exported through Lübeck to continental Europe. The salt trade was a major reason for the power of Lübeck and the Hanseatic League. The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times, beginning with the Renaissance. ... Edible salt is mostly sodium chloride (NaCl) Edible salt is a mineral, one of the few rocks humans eat. ... Map of Germany showing Lüneburg Coat of arms Lüneburg is a town in Lower Saxony, Germany, about 50km southeast of Hamburg. ... Lübeck ( pronunc. ... The Baltic Sea is located in Northern Europe, from 53 deg. ... The Hanseatic League (German: die Hanse, Dutch: de Hanze) was an alliance of trading cities that established and maintained a trade monopoly over the Baltic Sea and most of Northern Europe for a time in the later Middle Ages and the Early Modern period, between the 13th and 17th century. ...


The salt was brought by carts from Lüneburg to Lauenburg at the Elbe river, from there via Mölln to Lübeck. Since 1398 it was also possible to transport the salt by water. For this purpose the Stecknitz Canal was built, one of the oldest artificial waterways of Europe. Either way it took about 20 days to transport the salt. This article discusses the Lauenburg in Schleswig-Holstein. ... The Elbe River (Czech Labe â–¶ (help· info), Sorbian/Lusatian Łobjo, Polish Łaba, German Elbe, Hungarian Elba) is one of the major waterways of Central Europe. ... Mölln is a town in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. ... Events Glendalough monastery, Wicklow Ireland destroyed. ... The Elbe-Lübeck Canal (also known as Elbe-Trave Canal) is an artificial waterway in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. ... The Canal du Midi in Toulouse, France A picturesque stretch on the Calder and Hebble Navigation Canals are man-made waterways, usually connecting existing lakes, rivers, or oceans. ...


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The Old Salt Route (German: Alte Salzstraße) was a medieval trade route in northern Germany for the transport of salt.
The trade route lead from there northward to Lübeck, from where it was shipped to several destinations around the Baltic Sea, where it was needed for the preservation of fish, which was exported through Lübeck to continental Europe.
The salt trade was a major reason for the power of Lübeck and the Hanseatic League.
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