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Salt industry, technology of
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1. Salt extraction in Europe

The salt industry was an important branch of the early modern economy, and saw innovative development between the early 16th and late 19th centuries [9]; [3]. This is apparent, for instance, from the frequency with which imperial and territorial patents connected with salt were issued from the 16th century on (see below, 2.4.) [5]. Boiling down natural brines was the predominant method of obtaining salt in the German lands, but sea salt was also extracted in salt garden…

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Piasecki, Peter, “Salt industry, technology of”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 29 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026912>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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