Trade and industry 1750 up to 1800

Hostel sign of the Hagenow locksmiths <br> around 1800 Hostel sign of the Hagenow locksmiths
around 1800

region Mecklenburg

After the Seven Years’ War (1757-1763) many merchants and craftsmen in the towns came into payment difficulties due to the devaluation of coins.

The export of foodstuffs created a shortage in Mecklenburg around 1800, which led to a rapid increase in prices. Land owners, farmers and merchants did not let the goods come onto the internal market and generated large profits from exports.

Plan Barth 1761 Map of the city of Barth, 1761

region Western Pomerania

Merchants and tradesmen have difficulty paying their bills due to currency devaluations following the Seven Years' War (1747–1763).

The faience factory in Stralsund, founded 1755, becomes a paradigm for success. The number of ships berthed in Barth rises from 35 in the 60- to 200-ton class in 1757 to 65 in 1782. Four to five shipyards build around 20 ships each year. The shipowners make profits during the Seven Years' War (1756-1763) or the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783). Unlike Prussia, Pomerania is allowed to access the Mediterranean during the Seven Years' War due to its connection with Sweden.

Johann Kaspar Kern from Stralsund is granted licence to print and sell playing cards in 1765. Other playing card factories soon settle in the city as well.


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