Elbing was founded in 1237 by North German tradesmen near the Prussian emporium of Truso. Truso was the first city in Prussia and was on the direct route of the Gotland traders and of the later Vikings. Truso and Elblag are situated at the ancient Amber Road, in Pomesania. In 1241 it received Luebeck Law city rights, unlike many other cities in Eastern Europe, which received Magdeburg Law city rights.
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