Boats on the Daugava

Boats on the Daugava

In the navigation era boats sailed to Riga along the Daugava from Smolensk and the Vitebsk region with goods to sell in Riga and to transport further to Western Europe.

Painting by J.Ch. Brotze.

In 1767, there were 19,485 people living in Riga, 8,560 (43.9%) of whom were Germans; 6,654 (34.1%) Latvians; 2,963 (15.2%) Russians and 1,308 (6.8%) were Poles.

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