In the Baltic Sea region, groups of pirates of Slavic descent lived dating as far back as the 8th to 14th centuries. Baltic Slavs, whose agriculture was not highly developed in early 800, were in dire need of resources since the dry islets were the only ones capable of cultivation and cattle were scarce. Flax could be grown, and was turned into linen or canvas for cloth and used as a form of currency. At this time the Baltic Slavs were also known for bee-keeping, trading their honey and wax to the Germans for use in church candles and in sealing documents. Once trade began, the German form of currency circulated amongst the group. After this point information on specifics of the trade between Germans and Slavs is unknown through the ninth century.
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