Rotterdam and Amsterdam were small villages during the Middle Ages, opposed to the Hanseatic towns in the East of The Netherlands that had already developed into powerful centers of trade. They were important, prosperous and rich.
In the glorious days the Hanseatic network consisted of nearly 200 members, most of them in Germany and The Netherlands, but it stretched out to Scandinavia, Poland, Flanders up to Spain and Portugal. xRead more about the Hanseatic and the Hanseatic cities.
Elburg was a member of this impressive network that was founded in Lübeck in 1356.