Since Wismar is of great importance to the von Wachenfelt family, it may be prudent to talk about it a little. Because of its geographic location between the provinces of Bremen–Verden in the west and Swedish Pomerania in the east, the city became something of a center of the Swedish possessions in Germany. However, Wismar was an important city long before it became Swedish in the peace treaty of Westphalia in 1648. Hanseatic City Wismar is mentioned in historical sources at the beginning of the 13th century. It became a Hanseatic city on the medieval trading route along the Baltic Sea. There was brisk trading: wood, furs, wax, and herring were imported from Russia and Scandinavia in exchange for manufactured items, grain, flax, and beer. Thirty years war – Swedish possession After the Hanseatic era, Wismar fell on rough times. During the Thirty Years War, its gates were forced open…