Narva during Swedisch Authority. 1581 - 1704

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in short

From the end of the 16th century till the middle of the 17th century, Narva was expiriencing decline. One of the reasons was unstable international situation, that is, a number of armed conflicts with many European countries involved into them, particularly Sweden, Russia, Poland, Denmark, France and Holland.
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The most considerable one was the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648). After the war had ended, Baltic Sea practically became Sweden inner sea. Kardissky peace concluded with Russia in 1661 made Sweden even stronger.

The raise of transit trade with Russia served Narva development well. Vessels from Sweden, Germany, Holland, England and France were sailing through Narva harbour. Seventy-six vessels arrived in Narva and seventy-two went out in 1662, while two hundred and thirteen arrived and two hundred and four departed in 1699. At that time incomes from the portory (kind of a duty tax) increased three times. Russian transit had the major role in trade. Merchant class of Narva invested their money into the ship building and ship owning. Narva vessels hauled into Germany, Holland, Norway, France and Portugal.
Narva was experiencing manufacturing development. Workers made fibre from flax and hemp, machined coppery adobe. Sawmills had an important role.

After the fires had destroyed Narva in 1610 and 1659, it was reconstructed. Baroque and the earliest classicism became the new features of its architecture. Population was about three thousand people. Huge system of bastions surrounded the town by the end of 17th century. The author of the project was Erik Dahlberg.

On November 19th, 1700, the first great battle of Narva between Russian and Swedish armies took place. The Swedes won the battle, but not the war. In 1704, Peter the Great took the town by storm on 9th of August. Narva became a part of Russian empire.

Exhibits connected to the architecture of the town takes an important place in the exposition. There are also artisans' articles, armament samples and symbolism of Narva; model of the town at the end of the 17th century.
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