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They utilised these new rights to begin trading independently from the church.
The profits from this led to the further growth of the town.
Minden was a member of the Hanseatic League during the Middle Ages.
The increased self-confidence of the citizens of Minden was demonstrated by the construction of the town hall, probably adjoining the separately governed cathedral precinct.
Page:m39Minden is a town of about 83,000 inhabitants in the north-east of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
The town is over 1,200 years old and has many buildings in the Weser Renaissance style, in addition to its architecturally symbolic 1,000-year-old cathedral.
The town covers an area of 101.08 square kilometres (39.03 sq mi).
The first recorded mention of Minden is a record in the Franconian Imperial Annals (Reichsannalen) of Charlemagne holding an imperial assembly in 798.
Minden is in the northeast of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
It lies on the River Weser, north of the Porta Westfalica gap between the ridges of the Weser Hills and Wiehen Hills.
Charlemagne founded a bishopric in Minden around the year 800.
The rights to hold a market, to mint coins and to collect customs duties were granted in 977.
Until the beginning of the 13th century, the bishop appointed the leader and administrator of the town, with the title of Wichgraf.