Mapping the Customs

I am currently undertaking a geospatial analysis of one of the largest surviving early modern customs archives, the records of the house of Wettin in sixteenth-century Thuringia whose dominions lay the crossroads of two of the most important trade routes in Central Europe.

Carters Erfurt

Origin of the carters transporting goods through Erfurt in 1525. The map shows that the carting business on the central stretch of one of Central Europe’s most important trade routes was dominated by a group of carters from a small community in the Spessart mountains: the carters from Frammersbach hauled almost 40% of the trade volume.