Truce of Altmark

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Truce of Altmark
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A monument in Altmark commemorating the ceasefire with Sweden in 1629
Type Ceasefire
Signed16 (O.S.)/26 (N.S.) September 1629
LocationAltmark (Stary Targ)

The six-year Truce of Altmark (or Treaty of Stary Targ, German : Vertrag von Altmark, Swedish : Stillståndet i Altmark, Polish : Rozejm w Altmarku) was signed on 16 (O.S.)/26 (N.S.) September 1629 at the Altmark (Stary Targ), near Danzig (Gdańsk) by Sweden and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth during Thirty Years' War, ending the Polish–Swedish War (1626–1629). [1]

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Swedish language North Germanic language spoken in Sweden

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Provisions of the treaty

The conditions of the truce allowed Sweden to retain control of Livonia and the mouth of the Vistula river. Sweden also evacuated most of the Duchy of Prussia, but kept the coastal cities. the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth got back other Swedish gains since the 1625 invasion. The greater part of Livonia north of the Daugava River was ceded to Sweden (Swedish Livonia), though Latgale, the southeastern area, remained under Commonwealth rule. Sweden received the right to 2/3 of all the shipping tolls at ports of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, such as Danzig and Elbląg (Elbing) and from the Duchy of Prussia ports for the next six years. These shipping tolls financed Sweden's involvement in the Thirty Years' War. [2]

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Stanisław Koniecpolski Polish nobleman

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The Polish parliament (so-called Sejm ) did not impose new taxes in order to pay the soldiers of the imperial army fighting under Hans Georg von Arnim-Boitzenburg and due to low morale some of them mutineered or went over to the Swedish side. Several other countries intervened diplomatically and Sigismund III of Poland was eventually forced to enter the truce. [4]

Hans Georg von Arnim-Boitzenburg German general

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In 1635, the truce was extended via the Treaty of Stuhmsdorf. Sweden gave up the Prussian ports and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth ceded most of Livonia with Riga, keeping the Daugavpils area.

Treaty of Stuhmsdorf Peace treaty of the Polish-Swedish war

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