Old Map of Friesland by Visscher, 1690: Leeuwarden, Drachten, Heerenveen, Sneek, De Alde Feanen National Park
Old Map of Friesland by Visscher, 1690: Leeuwarden, Drachten, Heerenveen, Sneek, De Alde Feanen National Park
Old Map of Friesland by Visscher, 1690: Leeuwarden, Drachten, Heerenveen, Sneek, De Alde Feanen National Park
Old Map of Friesland by Visscher, 1690: Leeuwarden, Drachten, Heerenveen, Sneek, De Alde Feanen National Park

Old Map of Friesland by Visscher, 1690: Leeuwarden, Drachten, Heerenveen, Sneek, De Alde Feanen National Park

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Discover the rich history and intricate geography of Friesland with this captivating map from 1690, crafted by the renowned cartographer Nicolaes Visscher II. The map, titled 'Dominii Frisiae Tabula, inter Flevum et Lavicum', translates to 'Map of the Lordship of Frisia, between the Flevo and the Lauwers'. This provides a detailed representation of the historical region of Friesland, situated in the larger modern-day area of the Netherlands.

Nicolaes Visscher II, the map's creator, was the grandson of Claes Janszoon Visscher, one of the most esteemed mapmakers from the Dutch Golden Age. His work embodies the meticulous precision and artistic flair that was characteristic of this era. This map showcases Visscher's ability to combine scientific accuracy with aesthetic beauty, resulting in a historical artifact that is both informative and visually pleasing.

The map highlights five notable locations: Leeuwarden, Drachten, Heerenveen, Sneek, and De Alde Feanen National Park. Leeuwarden, the capital of Friesland, is depicted as a bustling city hub, reflecting its historical significance as a cultural and economic center. Drachten, Heerenveen, and Sneek are also prominently featured, providing a glimpse into the urban landscapes of the time. The inclusion of De Alde Feanen National Park illustrates the importance of natural landmarks in the region's geography.

Beyond these specific locations, the map offers a comprehensive view of the political divisions and regions within Friesland during the late 17th century. This provides a fascinating insight into the historical and political context of the time, making this map a valuable resource for those interested in the history of the Netherlands, the Dutch Golden Age, or cartography in general. Experience the past through the lens of Nicolaes Visscher II with this stunning map of Friesland.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:


  1. Leeuwarden: Known as the capital of Friesland, it was a significant cultural and economic center in the 17th century.
  2. Sneek: Established around the 10th century, it was an important trading city.
  3. Heerenveen: Founded in 1551, it was known for its peat extraction.
  4. Drachten: Established in the 17th century, it was a small agricultural village at the time.
  5. Franeker: Known for its ancient university, founded in 1585.
  6. Harlingen: An important seaport city, it was granted city rights in 1234.
  7. Dokkum: Known for its fortified walls, it received city rights in 1298.
  8. IJlst: Known for its shipbuilding and trade, it received city rights in 1268.
  9. Sloten: The smallest city in Friesland, it received city rights in 1426.
  10. Stavoren: Known as an ancient seaport, it received city rights in 1068.
  11. Hindeloopen: A trading city known for its unique culture, it received city rights in 1225.
  12. Workum: Known for its pottery industry, it received city rights in 1399.
  13. Bolsward: Known for its trade and industry, it received city rights in 1455.
  14. Koudum: An important agricultural center in the 17th century.
  15. Lemmer: Known for its fishing industry, it was an important trading point.
  16. Joure: Known for its clock-making industry.
  17. Wolvega: Known for its strategic location, it was an important military outpost.
  18. Balk: Known for its dairy industry, it was a prosperous agricultural village.
  19. Grou: Known for its shipbuilding industry.
  20. Akkrum: Known for its windmills and waterways.
  21. Oosterwolde: Known for its textile industry.
  22. Appelscha: Known for its scenic beauty and peat extraction.
  23. Langweer: Known for its fishing industry.
  24. Makkum: Known for its pottery and tile industry.
  25. Witmarsum: Birthplace of Menno Simons, founder of the Mennonite Church.
  26. Berlikum: Known for its cheese production.
  27. Menaam: Known for its rich agricultural land.
  28. Dronrijp: Known for its fruit cultivation.
  29. Hardegarijp: Known for its livestock farming.
  30. Gorredijk: Known for its peat extraction.

Notable Natural Phenomena:

  1. De Alde Feanen National Park: A significant natural landmark, known for its diverse flora and fauna.
  2. IJsselmeer: The largest lake in Western Europe, formed by the damming of the Zuiderzee.
  3. Lauwersmeer: A man-made lake and national park, known for its birdlife.
  4. Tjeukemeer: The largest lake in Friesland, known for its recreational activities.
  5. Wadden Sea: A UNESCO World Heritage site, known for its unique tidal system.

Notable Historical Events (1600-1690):

  1. The Battle of Joure (1600): A significant battle during the Eighty Years' War.
  2. The Siege of Leeuwarden (1644): A significant event during the Eighty Years' War.
  3. The Frisian Peasant Revolt (1672): A significant event in Friesland's history, resulting in the execution of several leaders.

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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 100in (254cm). 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.

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If you select Aged, I will age your map by hand, using a special and unique process developed through years of studying old maps, talking to researchers to understand the chemistry of aging paper, and of course... lots of practice!

If you're unsure, stick to the Original colour of the map. If you want something a bit darker and older looking, go for Aged.

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