1893 text

Eastland was a name given to the eastern countries of Europe. The Eastland Company, or Company of Merchants trading to the East Country, was incorporated in Queen Elizabeth’s reign (anno 21), and the charter was confirmed 13 Car. II. They were also called “The Merchants of Elbing.”

This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

"Eastland" was the name given to Scandinavia and Baltic Sea states

The Eastland Company, or North Sea Company, was an English crown-chartered company, founded in 1579 to foster trade with Scandinavia and Baltic Sea states. Like the better-known Russia Company, this was an attempt by the English to challenge the Hanseatic League's dominance in the commerce of northern and central Europe.

Its charter was dated in 1579. By the first article, the company was erected into a body politic, under the title of the Company of Merchants of the East; to consist of Englishmen, all practicing merchants, who have trafficked through the sound, before the year 1568, into Norway, Sweden, Poland, Livonia, Prussia, Pomerania, etc., and likewise Revel, Königsberg, Dantzic, Copenhagen, etc., excepting Narva, Muscovy, and its dependencies.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

from L&M Companion:
Capt. George Cocke (1617-76). Baltic merchant and navy contractor, of London and Greenwich; a native of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (which played an important part in trade to Scandinavia). Cocke's wife was Anna Maria Solomons of Danzig (where he lived in 1656 as an agent of the Eastland Company). He was an influential member of the Eastland Company, dealt extensively in hemp and owned a tannery in Limerick.

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