Old Map of Rijnland and Amstelland by Visscher, 1690: Amsterdam, Haarlem, The Hague, Leiden, Gouda
Old Map of Rijnland and Amstelland by Visscher, 1690: Amsterdam, Haarlem, The Hague, Leiden, Gouda
Old Map of Rijnland and Amstelland by Visscher, 1690: Amsterdam, Haarlem, The Hague, Leiden, Gouda
Old Map of Rijnland and Amstelland by Visscher, 1690: Amsterdam, Haarlem, The Hague, Leiden, Gouda

Old Map of Rijnland and Amstelland by Visscher, 1690: Amsterdam, Haarlem, The Hague, Leiden, Gouda

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Explore the historical richness of Rijnland and Amstelland with this intricately detailed map, skillfully created by Nicolaes Visscher II in 1690. The map, formally titled 'Rhenolandia, Amstelandia et circumjacentia aliquot territoria, cum aggeribus omnibus, terminisque suis', translates to 'Rijnland, Amstelland and some surrounding territories, with all their embankments and boundaries', providing an extensive view of the political divisions and geographical complexities of these regions during the Dutch Golden Age.

The map highlights several significant cities of the era, offering a unique historical perspective on their early development. Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands, is prominently displayed, reflecting its status as a political, economic, and cultural hub. Haarlem, a city renowned for its rich history in arts and culture, is also depicted, providing a glimpse into its vibrant past. The map also includes The Hague, the seat of the Dutch government and the King, along with Leiden and Gouda, both significant cities known for their historical and cultural importance.

Visscher's map also provides insight into the natural landscapes and geographical features of the region. It showcases the intricate network of canals and waterways that the Netherlands is famous for, reflecting the country's long-standing relationship with water management and control. The map also hints at the low-lying, flat terrain that is characteristic of the Netherlands, much of which has been reclaimed from the sea.

This map by Nicolaes Visscher II is more than just a geographical representation; it is a historical document that narrates the story of Rijnland and Amstelland and their surrounding regions in the late 17th century. It provides a fascinating look into the political divisions, major cities, and natural landscapes of the time. This map allows you to explore Rijnland and Amstelland and their neighboring regions as they were over three centuries ago, making it a valuable addition to any collection.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:


  • Amsterdam - Known as Amstelredamme in the early 17th century, it was the leading center for finance and diamonds.
  • Haarlem - Known for its tulip bulb-growing district for over three centuries.
  • Leiden - Famous for its university, the oldest in the Netherlands, founded in 1575.
  • Alkmaar - Known for its cheese market.
  • Zoetermeer - Known as "Sweet Lake City", was a major grain producer in the 17th century.
  • Hoofddorp - A small farming community in the 17th century.
  • Noordwijk - Known for its coastal dunes and bulb flower fields.
  • Katwijk - A coastal town important for its herring fishery.
  • Hillegom - Known for its bulb flower fields.
  • Lisse - Known for its large forests and estates.
  • Aalsmeer - Known for its flower auction, the largest flower auction in the world.
  • Warmond - Known for its recreational lakes.
  • Sassenheim - Known for its bulb flower fields.
  • Voorhout - Known for its rich history and agriculture.
  • Roelofarendsveen - Known for its water sports and lakes.


  • The Hague (Den Haag) - The seat of the Dutch government and the King.
  • Gouda - Known for its cheese, stroopwafels, clay pipes, and pottery.
  • Delft - Known for its historic town center with canals.
  • Rotterdam - Known for its harbor, the largest in Europe.
  • Schiedam - Known for its jenever-producing history.
  • Vlaardingen - Known for its fishing industry.
  • Maassluis - Known for its historic city center and harbor.
  • Zoeterwoude - Known for its beer brewery, Heineken.
  • Rijswijk - Known for its historic mansions and parks.
  • Dordrecht - Known for its well-preserved historic city center.
  • Leidschendam - Known for its locks in the Vliet canal.
  • Voorburg - Known for its old city center with many 17th-century houses.
  • Nootdorp - Known for its recreational areas and lakes.
  • Pijnacker - Known for its greenhouses and agriculture.
  • Berkel en Rodenrijs - Known for its agriculture and greenhouses.

Notable natural phenomena and tourist attractions: The Rhine River - One of the major European rivers, which has its source in Switzerland. The Amstel River - The river that gave its name to Amsterdam. Keukenhof Gardens - One of the world's largest flower gardens, located in Lisse. The Hoge Veluwe National Park - One of the Netherlands' largest national parks. The Biesbosch - A large national park and one of the largest wetlands in Western Europe.

Notable historical events between 1600 and 1690: The Dutch Golden Age - A period in Dutch history, roughly spanning the 17th century, in which Dutch trade, science, military, and art were among the most acclaimed in the world. The Tulip mania (1637) - A period in the Dutch Golden Age during which contract prices for some bulbs of the recently introduced and fashionable tulip reached extraordinarily high levels and then dramatically collapsed. The Disaster Year (1672) - Known in Dutch history as the "year of disaster", when the Dutch Republic was simultaneously attacked by England, France, and two German Bishoprics.

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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.

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