Trade and industry 1800 up to 1850

Rostock 1847 Rostock 1847

region Mecklenburg

Napoleon ordered a blockade against England through the “Continental System.” English goods located in Mecklenburg were withdrawn. Trade with England and Baltic fishing were banned. The port of Warnemünde was blocked and this led to rapid economic decline.

After the liberation from Napoleon the economy only recovered very slowly. The development of paved avenues was the most important infrastructure measure in those years. A comprehensive banking and savings system developed as a new industry branch.


John M. Forbes, US-Konsul für Stettin und Stralsund ab 1816 John M. Forbes, US Consul for Stettin and Stralsund from 1816

region Western Pomerania

Mariners from Stralsund benefit from their right to transport English wares under Swedish flag. The afflictions of war bring suffering to the rest of the region. Economic development is sluggish following the victory over Napoleon. Many mariners emigrate to Sweden. The banking sector flourishes. Savings banks open in Swinemünde, Stettin, Stralsund and Greifswald between 1821 and 1828.

Wilhelm Malte, Prince of Putbus, founds Lauterbach, establishing Putbus as a modern coastal resort.

The Industrial Revolution gradually becomes the dominant force. Royal Prussian iron works are built in Torgelow and Ueckermünde. The Prussian tariff union awards privileges to merchants in the coastal towns from 1834 on. The construction of infrastructure receives significant subsidies between 1816 and 1831, although New Western Pomerania remains somewhat neglected. Stettin's rapid development due to industry, and its status as a stronghold, exerts a strong pull on the surrounding regions. The rail connection with Berlin is completed in 1843.


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