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Der Hansische Stahlhof in London - Ein Vortrag, gehalten im Saale des goldenen Sterns zu Bonn am 11. März 1856
Dem Deutschen, der um die Wasserseite der Stadt London zu betrachten in Westminster eines jener vielen Dampfboote besteigt, die bekanntlich gleich den Droschken in den Straen unserer Stdte den Themseflu befahren, mag neben den gewaltigen Brcken, den Domen, die ber Rauch und Nebel emporragen, den endlosen geruschvollen Waarenlagern, ein wenig oberhalb der letzten Brcke, welche ihre kolossalen Bogen ber den Flu spannt, kurz ehe er wieder ans Land steigt, ein besonders abgetheilter Quay mit umfangreichen Packhusern ins Auge fallen, dessen Baustil, dessen grne Fensterladen und dessen dort seltener Schmuck, einige grne Bume, unwillkrlich an hnliche Pltze in deutschen Seestdten erinnern. Es ist in der That mitten in dem fremden London ein Fleck, an welchem einst aus unvordenklichen Zeiten her unsere Landsleute gelebt und den sie bis vor wenigen Jahren besessen haben. Es ist die uralte Faktorei und der Stapelplatz der Kaufleute der deutschen Hanse, bekannt unter dem Namen des Stahlhofs, auf englisch Steelyard. Die Ursache, weshalb den Deutschen allein vor allen andern Nationen Europas die Vergnstigung widerfahren ist in dem exclusiven England Jahrhunderte hindurch Grund und Boden zu besitzen, lt sich nicht mit Bestimmtheit angeben, wenn man sie nicht in der hnlichen geographischen Beschaffenheit des nrdlichen Deutschlands und des sdlichen Englands und in der unvertilgbaren Stammverwandtschaft ihrer Bewohner finden will. Die Angeln und Sachsen, die ber die rauhe Nordsee zogen um Britannien zu erobern, erffneten unstreitig auch den ersten Handelsverkehr zwischen den beiden Lndern. Er wird dann besonders krftig aufgeblht sein, nachdem die Nachkommen Aelfreds des Groen sich in Erinnerung an die gemeinsame Herkunft mit den Ottonen Deutschlands verschwgerten. Die Verwandtschaft der norddeutschen Frstenhuser mit dem englischen besteht ja bis auf diesen Tag; das weie Ro, das schon Hengist und Horsa im Schilde fhrten, findet sich bis heute im Wappen von Braunschweig-Lneburg; es ist der Seerappe, nach welchem die Sachsen einst dichterisch ihre hochgeschnbelten Schiffe benannten. Enge verwandtschaftliche Bande der Frsten und gemeinsamer Ursprung der beiden Vlker haben also die eigenthmliche Entwickelung, welche ihr internationaler Verkehr genommen hat, gefrdert. ......Buy Now (To Read More)
Ebook Number: 25999
Author: Pauli, Reinhold
Release Date: Jul 8, 2008
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