Estonians make a deal with Polotsk

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In 1216, after the Easter, Estonians sent their ambassadors to the prince of Polotsk, Vladimir, to convince him attack Riga. Estonians were to close the river mouth of Väina River together with a nearby port, and hold back Livonians and Latgalians.

Polotsk accepted the offer gladly, regardless the fact that the truce with the Germans was still in effect. If this campaign succeeded, the importance of the principality would raise, and Polotsk's importance in Livonia would be restored. An army of Russians and Lithuanians was gathered in, but right before it was to get on its way, prince Vladimir unexpectedly died and the whole campaign was canceled.
Also Estonian army had to give up its plans, and sailed up Salatsi River (Salaca in Latvian), up to Asti Lake (Burtnieks in Latvian), and plundered the villages nearby. Polotsk continued to loose its importance and did not involve itself in the Crusade any more.

The agreement between the Estonians and Polotsk is significant, because allies were looked for and found quite far away from the homeland.

Image: fort in Väina-Jõesuu.

Source: Sulev Vahtre. Muinasaja loojang Eestis. Vabadusvõitlus 1208-1227. Olion: Tallinn 1990

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