Old Map of County of Artois by Visscher, 1690: Calais, Arras, Béthune, Douai, Caps et Marais d&
Old Map of County of Artois by Visscher, 1690: Calais, Arras, Béthune, Douai, Caps et Marais d&
Old Map of County of Artois by Visscher, 1690: Calais, Arras, Béthune, Douai, Caps et Marais d&
Old Map of County of Artois by Visscher, 1690: Calais, Arras, Béthune, Douai, Caps et Marais d&

Old Map of County of Artois by Visscher, 1690: Calais, Arras, Béthune, Douai, Caps et Marais d'Opale Park

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The 'Geographica Artesiae comitatus tabula', or in English, 'Geographical Map of the County of Artois', is a meticulously detailed piece of cartography from the late 17th century. Crafted by Nicolaes Visscher II in 1690, it provides an in-depth look at the County of Artois, a historical region of France. This map is an artifact of historical significance, offering a snapshot of the region's political divisions and geographical layout during the period.

The map features several key cities of the time, including Calais, Arras, Béthune, and Douai. Each city is depicted with a high level of detail, providing a glimpse into their importance and stature during the late 17th century. The city of Calais, for instance, was a critical port for trade and transportation, while Arras was known for its beautiful architecture and bustling markets.

In addition to the cities, the map also highlights the Caps et Marais d'Opale Regional Natural Park. This notable landmark, known for its unique biodiversity and stunning landscapes, is beautifully represented. The map's inclusion of such natural landmarks alongside political divisions and urban centers speaks to its comprehensive coverage of the region.

Lastly, the map's creator, Nicolaes Visscher II, was a renowned cartographer from the Dutch Golden Age. The grandson of Claes Janszoon Visscher, Nicolaes II carried on the family tradition of producing high-quality, detailed maps. His skill and craftsmanship are evident in this piece, making it not only a useful tool for understanding the County of Artois but also a testament to the artistry of map-making during this period.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:

Cities and Towns:

In the County of Artois:

  1. Calais: Known as a critical port for trade and transportation.
  2. Arras: Famous for its beautiful architecture and bustling markets.
  3. Béthune: An important center of the coal mining industry.
  4. Douai: Home to one of the oldest universities in France, founded in 1562.
  5. Lens: Known for its rich coal reserves, which fueled industrial growth.
  6. Saint-Omer: Historically, a cultural and educational hub.
  7. Hesdin: Once a fortified city, it was rebuilt in a new location after being destroyed in a war.
  8. Aire-sur-la-Lys: A significant river port in the region.
  9. Hazebrouck: An important railway junction in the 17th century.
  10. Montreuil: Known for its ramparts and strategic location.
  11. Bapaume: A key location in the textile industry.
  12. Armentières: Known for its flourishing textile mills.
  13. Lillers: An important market town.
  14. Roubaix: A prominent textile industry center.
  15. Tourcoing: Known for its woolen and linen industries.

Notable Natural Phenomena:

  1. Caps et Marais d'Opale Regional Natural Park: Known for its unique biodiversity and stunning landscapes.
  2. River Lys: A significant river that flows through the region.
  3. River Aa: A small river that has played a significant role in the region's development.
  4. Artois Communal Cemetery: A historical cemetery located in the region.
  5. Artois Expo: A modern-day tourist attraction.

Historical Events (1600-1690):

  1. The Battle of Lens (1648): A decisive victory for France during the Thirty Years' War.
  2. The Peace of Westphalia (1648): A series of peace treaties that ended the Thirty Years' War and the Eighty Years' War.
  3. The Franco-Spanish War (1635-1659): A military conflict in which the County of Artois was a significant battleground.

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This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16in (30.5x41cm), 16x20in (40.5x51cm), 18x24in (45.5x61cm), 24x30in (61x76cm), 32x40in (81.5x102cm), 40x50in (102x127cm), 48x60in (122x153cm) and 56x70in (142x178cm), but it looks even better when printed large.

I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 90in (229cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.

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If you’re looking for something slightly different, check out my collection of the best old maps of Europe and European cities to see if something else catches your eye.

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This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, work leaving, anniversary or housewarming gift for someone from the areas covered by this map.

This map is available as a giclée print on acid free archival matte paper, or you can buy it framed. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that suits most aesthetics. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame colour or material. My frames are glazed with super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite), which is significantly less reflective than glass, safer, and will always arrive in perfect condition.

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