Old Map of North Holland by Visscher, 1690: Amsterdam, Alkmaar, Hoorn, Beverwijk, Purmerend
Old Map of North Holland by Visscher, 1690: Amsterdam, Alkmaar, Hoorn, Beverwijk, Purmerend
Old Map of North Holland by Visscher, 1690: Amsterdam, Alkmaar, Hoorn, Beverwijk, Purmerend
Old Map of North Holland by Visscher, 1690: Amsterdam, Alkmaar, Hoorn, Beverwijk, Purmerend

Old Map of North Holland by Visscher, 1690: Amsterdam, Alkmaar, Hoorn, Beverwijk, Purmerend

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This exquisite map, titled 'Noordt Hollandt', is a fascinating historical artifact that offers a detailed view of North Holland, a significant region in the modern-day Netherlands. Crafted by the renowned mapmaker Nicolaes Visscher II in 1690, this map provides an in-depth look at the geographical layout and political divisions of the time.

The map features several notable cities and landmarks that have played pivotal roles in the history of the Netherlands. Amsterdam, the capital city, is prominently displayed, reflecting its historical importance as a major center of trade and culture. Alkmaar, known for its cheese market, Hoorn, a significant seaport during the Dutch Golden Age, Beverwijk, home to one of the largest flower auction centers, and Purmerend, a market town that dates back to the 13th century, are all intricately detailed.

'Noordt Hollandt', translated to 'North Holland', indicates the map's geographical focus. This region, known for its flat landscape, windmills, tulip fields, and canals, was a key area during the Dutch Golden Age, a period of great wealth and cultural achievement. The map, therefore, offers a glimpse into the rich history and heritage of this remarkable region.

In addition to the cities, the map also outlines the political divisions of the period. These divisions, often based on natural landmarks such as rivers and coastlines, played a crucial role in shaping the history and development of the Netherlands. This map, therefore, is not just a geographical representation, but also a valuable historical document that provides insights into the political landscape of the time.

This 'Noordt Hollandt' map by Nicolaes Visscher II is a must-have for any history or cartography enthusiast. It is a unique piece that combines historical significance, artistic craftsmanship, and geographical detail, offering a window into the past of one of Europe's most fascinating regions.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:

Cities and Towns

  1. Amsterdam: Known as the "Venice of the North" for its extensive canals. The city was a leading center for finance and diamonds during the 17th century.
  2. Alkmaar: Famous for its traditional cheese market. It was granted city rights in 1254.
  3. Hoorn: A significant seaport in the Dutch Golden Age. It was founded in 716 and received city rights in 1357.
  4. Beverwijk: Known for the Bazaar, the largest indoor market in Europe. The town received city rights in 1276.
  5. Purmerend: A market town dating back to the 13th century. It was granted city rights in 1410.
  6. Haarlem: Known for its historical architecture. It was granted city rights in 1245.
  7. Zaandam: Known for its windmills, it was an important shipbuilding center in the 17th century.
  8. Enkhuizen: An important harbor town in the 17th century. It was granted city rights in 1355.
  9. Medemblik: The oldest city in West Friesland. It was granted city rights in 1289.
  10. Monnickendam: Known for its well-preserved old town. It was granted city rights in 1355.
  11. Edam: Famous for its cheese market. It was granted city rights in 1357.
  12. Volendam: A popular tourist attraction known for its old fishing boats.
  13. Broek in Waterland: Known for its wooden houses. It was a prosperous whaling village in the 17th century.
  14. Marken: Known for its characteristic wooden houses.
  15. Muiden: Known for the Muiderslot, a castle located on the mouth of the Vecht river.
  16. Weesp: Known for its historical buildings and canals. It was granted city rights in 1355.
  17. Naarden: Known for its star-shaped fort, it was an important military base in the 17th century.
  18. Hilversum: Known for its radio and television broadcasting stations.
  19. Bussum: A commuter town and former municipality in the province of North Holland.
  20. Huizen: Known for its architecture, it was a village of farmers, fishermen, and seafarers.
  21. Laren: Known for its history as an artist colony.
  22. Blaricum: Known for its many monumental farm buildings.
  23. Heemskerk: Known for its horticulture.
  24. Castricum: Known for its beach and dune landscape.
  25. Uitgeest: Known for the oldest mill in the Netherlands.
  26. Heiloo: Known for its pilgrimage church.
  27. Egmond: Known for its three parts: Egmond-Binnen, Egmond aan den Hoef, and Egmond aan Zee.
  28. Bergen: Known for its artistic history.
  29. Schoorl: Known for its wide dunes.
  30. Den Helder: Known for its naval base.

Natural Landmarks

  1. IJsselmeer: The largest lake in Western Europe.
  2. Zaan River: Known for the industrial windmills along its banks.
  3. North Sea: The body of water to the west of North Holland.
  4. Markermeer: A large freshwater lake separated from the IJsselmeer by the Houtribdijk.
  5. Wadden Sea: An intertidal zone in the southeastern part of the North Sea.

Historical Events

  1. Tulip mania (1637): The first recorded speculative bubble in history.
  2. Anglo-Dutch Wars (1652-1674): A series of conflicts fought between the English and the Dutch for control over trade routes and colonies.
  3. Disaster Year (1672): The Dutch Republic was simultaneously attacked by France, England, Münster, and Cologne.

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