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hansa


hansa


  1  definition  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hanse  \Hanse\,  n.  [G.  hanse,  or  F.  hanse  (from  German),  OHG.  & 
  Goth.  hansa;  akin  to  AS  h?s  band,  troop.] 
  An  association;  a  league  or  confederacy. 
 
  {Hanse  towns}  (Hist.),  certain  commercial  cities  in  Germany 
  which  associated  themselves  for  the  protection  and 
  enlarging  of  their  commerce.  The  confederacy,  called  also 
  {Hansa}  and  {Hanseatic  league},  held  its  first  diet  in 
  1260,  and  was  maintained  for  nearly  four  hundred  years.  At 
  one  time  the  league  comprised  eighty-five  cities.  Its 
  remnants,  L["u]beck,  Hamburg,  and  Bremen,  are  {free 
  cities},  and  are  still  frequently  called  Hanse  towns.