Altmark Truce of 1629

Altmark Truce of 1629

 

a six-year truce signed on Sept. 26 in Altmark (now Stary Targ, Poland) between Sweden and Rzecz Pospolita (Polish Republic of the Gentry). Sweden retained territories it had conquered in the 1620’s in Livonia (with Riga) and most of the ports of Eastern and Western Prussia, except for Königsberg, Gdańsk, and Puck. Sweden also received, by a special treaty with Gdańsk, the right to collect most of the imposts from Polish trade through Gdańsk, where the Poles were deprived of the right to build and maintain a military fleet. The Altmark Truce, concluded with French, English, and Dutch mediation, facilitated Sweden’s immediate entry into the Thirty Years’ War of 1618–48. Upon termination of the truce, the Stuhmsdorf peace was concluded between Sweden and Poland in 1635.

A. S. KAN