Old Map of Delfland and Schieland by Visscher, 1690: The Hague, Rotterdam, Delft, Hellevoetsluis, Ridderkerk
Old Map of Delfland and Schieland by Visscher, 1690: The Hague, Rotterdam, Delft, Hellevoetsluis, Ridderkerk
Old Map of Delfland and Schieland by Visscher, 1690: The Hague, Rotterdam, Delft, Hellevoetsluis, Ridderkerk
Old Map of Delfland and Schieland by Visscher, 1690: The Hague, Rotterdam, Delft, Hellevoetsluis, Ridderkerk

Old Map of Delfland and Schieland by Visscher, 1690: The Hague, Rotterdam, Delft, Hellevoetsluis, Ridderkerk

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This remarkable piece of history is an old map of Delfland and Schieland, meticulously crafted by Nicolaes Visscher II in 1690. As part of the Dutch Golden Age, Visscher's maps were renowned for their precision and attention to detail, and this map is no exception. The full name of the map, 'Delflandia, Schielandia et circumjacentes insulae ut Voorna, Overflackae, Goerae, Yselmonda et aliae', translates to 'Delfland, Schieland and the surrounding islands such as Voorne, Overflakkee, Goeree, IJsselmonde and others'. This provides a clear indication of the regions and political divisions that the map covers, which is primarily the modern-day area of the Netherlands.

The map prominently features five notable locations: The Hague, Rotterdam, Delft, Hellevoetsluis, and Ridderkerk. Each of these cities holds a rich history and played significant roles in the development of the Netherlands. The Hague, for instance, is the seat of the Dutch government and the King, while Rotterdam, with its strategic location along the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta, has been a major logistic and economic centre for centuries.

Delft, a city known for its historic town centre with canals, is also highlighted on this map. It is famous for its association with the Dutch royal family, the House of Orange-Nassau. Hellevoetsluis, a small city located on the Haringvliet, was a major base for the Dutch navy during the Dutch Golden Age. Lastly, Ridderkerk, a town located in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland, is also depicted on this map.

The Visscher family's legacy in map-making is evident in this work. The detail and precision with which they captured the topography and political boundaries of the time are a testament to their skill and the significant role they played in the cartography of the Dutch Golden Age. This map is not just a piece of art; it is a window into the past, providing insight into the geographical and political landscape of the Netherlands in the late 17th century.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:

Delfland

  • The Hague (Den Haag): Known as 's-Gravenhage in Dutch, it is the seat of the Dutch government and the King. Founded in 1230.
  • Delft: Famous for its historic town centre with canals and its association with the Dutch royal family, the House of Orange-Nassau. Founded in 1075.
  • Vlaardingen: Known for its herring fishing industry in the Middle Ages. Founded in 700.
  • Schiedam: Known for its historic windmills, some of the largest in the world. Founded in 1230.
  • Maassluis: A significant seaport during the Dutch Golden Age. Founded in 1340.
  • Naaldwijk: The administrative center of the Westland region. Founded in 1230.
  • Monster: Known for its long sandy beach along the North Sea. Founded in 1204.
  • De Lier: Known for its horticulture and flower industry. Founded in 1282.
  • Wateringen: Known for its historic windmill, De Windlust. Founded in 1156.
  • Poeldijk: Known for its historic Roman Catholic church, the Bartholomeuskerk. Founded in 1200.

Schieland

  • Rotterdam: A major logistic and economic centre, known for its strategic location along the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta. Founded in 1270.
  • Gouda: Known for its cheese, smoking pipes, and 15th-century city hall. Founded in 1139.
  • Schoonhoven: Known as the Silver City due to its historic silver industry. Founded in 1220.
  • Capelle aan den IJssel: Known for its historic windmill, De Windlust. Founded in 1271.
  • Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel: Known for having the lowest point in the Netherlands. Founded in 1250.
  • Krimpen aan den IJssel: Known for its historic storm surge barrier, the Hollandsche IJsselkering. Founded in 1274.
  • Moordrecht: Known for its historic churches, such as the Hervormde kerk. Founded in 1260.
  • Bergambacht: Known for its traditional cheese farm, the Boerderij de Jong. Founded in 1240.
  • Lekkerkerk: Known for its location along the Lek River. Founded in 1282.
  • Krimpen aan de Lek: Known for its historic shipyard, the Royal IHC. Founded in 1277.

Surrounding Islands

  • Hellevoetsluis: A major base for the Dutch navy during the Dutch Golden Age. Founded in 1312.
  • Ridderkerk: Known for its historic Reformed church. Founded in 1040.
  • Brielle: Known for its well-preserved fortifications. Founded in 1306.
  • Spijkenisse: Known for its modern architecture, such as the Boekenberg. Founded in 1231.
  • Goedereede: Known for its historic lighthouse. Founded in 1312.
  • Middelharnis: Known for its historic harbor. Founded in 1465.
  • Dirksland: Known for its historic hospital, the Van Weel-Bethesda Hospital. Founded in 1412.
  • Ouddorp: Known for its long sandy beach along the North Sea. Founded in 1305.
  • Ooltgensplaat: Known for its historic fortress, Fort Prins Frederik. Founded in 1313.
  • Nieuwe-Tonge: Known for its historic windmill, the Battenoord. Founded in 1482.

Notable Boundaries and Natural Phenomena

  • Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta: A major river delta in the Netherlands formed by the confluence of the Rhine, Meuse, and Scheldt rivers.
  • Haringvliet: A large inlet of the North Sea, and a significant body of water in the Netherlands.
  • Biesbosch National Park: One of the largest national parks in the Netherlands and one of the last extensive areas of freshwater tidal wetlands in Northwestern Europe.
  • The Maeslantkering: A storm surge barrier on the Nieuwe Waterweg, part of the Delta Works.
  • Rotterdam's Historic Harbor: Known as the largest port in Europe.

Notable Historical Events (1600-1690)

  • The Dutch Golden Age (17th Century): A period in Dutch history, typically associated with commercial and artistic success, during which the Dutch Republic was one of the world's leading powers.
  • The Eighty Years' War (1568–1648): A revolt of the Seventeen Provinces against the political and religious hegemony of Philip II of Spain, the sovereign of the Habsburg Netherlands.
  • The Disaster Year (1672): Known in Dutch history as the Rampjaar, when the Dutch Republic was simultaneously attacked by England, France, and the Bishoprics of Münster and Cologne.

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