Old Map of South Holland by Visscher, 1690: Dordrecht, Breda, Roosendaal, Gouda, De Biesbosch National Park
Old Map of South Holland by Visscher, 1690: Dordrecht, Breda, Roosendaal, Gouda, De Biesbosch National Park
Old Map of South Holland by Visscher, 1690: Dordrecht, Breda, Roosendaal, Gouda, De Biesbosch National Park
Old Map of South Holland by Visscher, 1690: Dordrecht, Breda, Roosendaal, Gouda, De Biesbosch National Park

Old Map of South Holland by Visscher, 1690: Dordrecht, Breda, Roosendaal, Gouda, De Biesbosch National Park

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Discover the rich historical tapestry of the Netherlands with this meticulously detailed map of South Holland, or 'Hollandiae pars meridionalior, vulgo Zuyd-Holland' as it is originally named. Crafted by the esteemed mapmaker Nicolaes Visscher II in 1690, this map offers a fascinating glimpse into the geographical and political landscape of the Dutch Golden Age. The map focuses on the southern part of Holland, a region that is now a significant part of modern-day Netherlands.

The map showcases several prominent cities of the time, including Dordrecht, Breda, Roosendaal, and Gouda. Each city is marked with exquisite precision, revealing the urban planning and architectural styles prevalent during the period. Dordrecht, known for its rich history and old-world charm, was a major trading port. Breda, with its medieval architecture, was a fortified city of strategic importance. Roosendaal, a significant transportation hub, and Gouda, famous for its namesake cheese, are also beautifully represented.

The map also highlights De 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. This inclusion indicates the significance of natural landmarks in the region's geography and the role they played in the daily lives of the inhabitants.

In addition to these key locations, the map is teeming with numerous other towns, landmarks, and geographical features, each with its own historical significance. It serves as a testament to the cartographic skills of the Dutch Golden Age and the meticulous attention to detail of Nicolaes Visscher II. This map is not just a piece of art; it is a window into the past, inviting you to explore the rich history and culture of South Holland.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:

Cities and Towns

South Holland

  • Dordrecht: Known as 'Dord' in local parlance, it was a major trading port and boasts a rich history.
  • Breda: Known for its medieval architecture, it was a fortified city of strategic importance.
  • Roosendaal: A significant transportation hub during the period.
  • Gouda: Famous for its namesake cheese, it was a major center for trade and industry.
  • Leiden: Known as the 'City of Discoveries', it is the birthplace of famous painter Rembrandt.
  • Rotterdam: Established in 1340, it was a major port city.
  • The Hague: Known as 's-Gravenhage in Dutch, it was the seat of the Dutch government and royal family.
  • Delft: Known for its historic town center and the Delft Blue pottery.
  • Zoetermeer: Known as 'Sweet Lake City', it was a major center for peat harvesting.
  • Alphen aan den Rijn: Known for its Roman archaeological sites.
  • Spijkenisse: Known for its medieval churches.
  • Vlaardingen: An important center for fishing and agriculture.
  • Schiedam: Known for its historic windmills and distilleries.
  • Capelle aan den IJssel: Known for its river landscapes.
  • Delfshaven: A historic district in Rotterdam known for its old buildings and canals.

Natural Phenomena and Landmarks

  • De 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.
  • Maas River: A major river in Western Europe, it was a significant trade route.
  • Rhine River: One of the longest and most important rivers in Europe.
  • Scheldt River: An important waterway for trade and transportation.
  • Grevelingen: The largest saltwater lake in Western Europe.

Notable Historical Events (1600-1690)

  • The Twelve Years' Truce (1609-1621): A significant pause in the Eighty Years' War between Spain and the Dutch Republic.
  • The Synod of Dort (1618-1619): An international assembly of the Reformed Church that took place in Dordrecht.
  • The Franco-Dutch War (1672-1678): A major conflict where France invaded the Dutch Republic, leading to significant changes in European political landscape.

Please double check the images to make sure that a specific town or place is shown on this map. You can also get in touch and ask us to check the map for you.

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.

The model in the listing images is holding the 16x20in (40.5x51cm) version of this map.

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The labels on this map are very small at 12x16in (30.5x41cm). The map is still very attractive, but you may struggle to read the smallest letters. Please buy a larger map if it's important to be able to read the map easily.

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.

Please contact me to check if a certain location, landmark or feature is shown on this map.

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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Please note that for larger framed orders (over 40in/100cm), and some other framed sizes, the delivery time will be closer to 7-10 days.

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I have specialist printing and framing facilities in 17 countries around the world. This means your map will be made locally, which cuts down on delivery time and reduces the chance of your map being damaged during delivery. There won't be any extra taxes or duties to pay, and we'll put less CO2 into the air.

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My maps are extremely high quality reproductions of original maps.

I source original, extremely rare maps from libraries, auction houses and private collections around the world, restore them at my London workshop, and then use specialist giclée inks and printers to create beautiful maps that look even better than the original.

My maps are printed on acid-free archival matte (not glossy) paper that feels very high quality and almost like card. In technical terms the paper weight/thickness is 10mil/200gsm. It's perfect for framing.

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If you're looking for the perfect anniversary or housewarming gift, I can personalise your map to make it truly unique. For example, I can add a short message, or highlight an important location, or add your family's coat of arms.

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If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.

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I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.

Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.

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