The most celebrated of these leagues is the Hanseatic, formed in the thirteenth century.
This was the Hanseatic League (so called from the word Hansa, a convention).
But the real importance of these cities is to be dated from their famous union into the Hanseatic confederacy.
Here the meetings of Hanseatic League were held in the fourteenth century.
This Diet revealed the confusion into which the Hanseatic accounts had fallen.
The league of the Hanseatic cities was established and rose daily in importance.
This he offered, as we have now found out, in hope of causing discord between us and the Hanseatic Towns.
The common Hanseatic seal was only used for foreign affairs.
It is strange that, while so rich commercially, the Hanseatic League lacked political ambition.
The Hanseatic representatives enforced the promise on their own account.
1610s, from Hanseatic League, medieval confederation of North German towns, from Medieval Latin Hanseaticus, from Middle Low German hanse "fellowship, merchants' guild," from Old High German hansa "military troop, band, company." Related to Gothic hansa "troop, company, multitude," Old English hos "attendants, retinue." Middle English borrowed hanse from Old French hanse and Medieval Latin hansa (both from Old High German) in sense of "a company of merchants" (late 12c.). Cf. hanshus "guild hall" (12c.).