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Before 1864, more than 70% belonged to what is now the minority, witnessed even today by the great number of Danish surnames in the Flensburg telephone directory (Asmussen, Claussen, Jacobsen, Jensen, Petersen, etc.).
They were sent inland and to almost every European country.
The town was becoming Protestant and thereby ever more German culturally and linguistically, while the neighbouring countryside remained decidedly Danish.
In the 18th century, thanks to the rum trade, Flensburg had yet another boom.
Cane sugar was imported from the Danish West Indies (now the US Virgin Islands) and refined in Flensburg.
Only in the 19th century, as a result of industrialization, was the town at last outstripped by the competition from cities such as Copenhagen and Hamburg.
The most important commodities, after herring, were sugar and whale oil, the latter from whaling off Greenland.