1683 (Oct 3) Folded letter from a Dutch trader at Archangel to Livorno, carried by ship of Captain Jan Matthyes Gens „Die Godt Bewaner“, off-loaded probably at Hamburg or similar and then by horse-post, a journey of 13 weeks, fine
The White Sea harbour of Archangel (Russian Arkhangelsk) was discovered by an English trading expedition in 1553. The English Muscovy Company opened the first trading station in 1598 and it was the only Russian seaport until the building of St. Petersburg in 1703. It was only open to shipping from May to September/early October due to ice the rest of the year.
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