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Month: June 2021

“A huge beast and very gifted”. The most famous elephant of the 17th-century visits St. Dominic’s Fair

“A huge beast and very gifted”. The most famous elephant of the 17th-century visits St. Dominic’s Fair

On August 18, 1639, at St. Dominic’s Fair in Gdańsk, townspeople, and travelers watched an astonishing curiosity – a living elephant called Hansken. For many of them, it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see such a creature. Curiosity was so strong that people were not afraid of the pandemic which was strolling through the city and taking its deadly toll…

Poland: A Travel Guide Through Time. #1 Elbląg, a great small city of old

Poland: A Travel Guide Through Time. #1 Elbląg, a great small city of old

Although many newcomers complained about the conditions of traveling in the old Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, let us not be discouraged by these reports. Let’s mount the horse, get into the carriage, or, in the case of an empty purse, set off on foot on a journey north, to the early modern Royal Prussia. Our guide will be Anton Friedrich Büsching’s geography textbook from the 18th century.