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Russian Flax and Hemp Bale Seals from

Tilsit in East Prussia

 

 

TILSIT (Russian Sovetsk after 1946) is a town of Germany, in the Prussian province of East Prussia, situated on the left bank of the river Memel (river Niemen), 57 miles S.E. of Memel and 72 miles N.E. of Königsberg by rail.  Tilsit carries on trade in timber, grain, hemp, flax, herrings and coal; but its trade with Russia, at one time considerable, has fallen off since the construction of the railway from Königsberg to Kovno. The river is navigable above the town, and there is a steamboat communication with Königsberg, Memel and Kovno. Tilsit, received civic rights in 1552, grew up around the castle of “Schalauner Haus,” founded in 1288. It owes most of its interest to the peace signed here in July 1807, the preliminaries of which were settled by the emperors Alexander and Napoleon on a raft moored in the Memel.
This treaty, which constituted the kingdom of Westphalia and the duchy of Warsaw, completed Napoleon's humiliation of the Kingdom of Prussia, when it was deprived of one half of its dominions.

German Max Scherwinsky was born in Tilsit  and was  active the architect for Riga's first Art Nouveau building.

Fabrikstrasse ("Factory Street")

   

 

Napoleon tries to cut off Russian hemp for Britain

  In July 1807 Napoleon I of France and Csar Alexander I of Russia signed the Treaties of Tilsit in the town of Tilsit. This treaty ended war between Imperial Russia and the French Empire and began an alliance between the two empires that rendered the rest of continental Europe almost powerless.  The two countries secretly agreed to aid each other in disputes.  The treaty created an alliance between Russia, France, Prussia, Denmark, and others forcing them to break all ties, trade and commerce, with England in an attempt to isolate England from Russia.  Russia was one of the international main exporters, they dominated the international hemp trade and hemp was England’s most vital commodity with Russia supplying 90 percent. England was the top international importer of hemp. The flourishing Russian economy and stable hemp trade between England and  Russia was a very powerful imminent threat to Napoleons France.  Through the Treaties of Tilsit Napoleon tried to gain control of the international hemp trade and market. Although the treaty was signed by both parties,  the Czar could not enforce the treaty and Russia didn't keep his promise because most of their economy depended on the trade with Britain so the clandestine  trade with Britain continued to flourish.. they say money talks .. promises walk ..

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