Old Map of The Seventeen Provinces by Visscher, 1690: Amsterdam, Brussels, Luxembourg, Rotterdam, Antwerp
Old Map of The Seventeen Provinces by Visscher, 1690: Amsterdam, Brussels, Luxembourg, Rotterdam, Antwerp
Old Map of The Seventeen Provinces by Visscher, 1690: Amsterdam, Brussels, Luxembourg, Rotterdam, Antwerp
Old Map of The Seventeen Provinces by Visscher, 1690: Amsterdam, Brussels, Luxembourg, Rotterdam, Antwerp

Old Map of The Seventeen Provinces by Visscher, 1690: Amsterdam, Brussels, Luxembourg, Rotterdam, Antwerp

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Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of history with this intricate map of The Seventeen Provinces, meticulously crafted by Nicolaes Visscher II in 1690. The 'Novissima et accuratissima XVII provinciarum Germaniae Inferioris delineatio' or 'The Newest and Most Accurate Delineation of the Seventeen Provinces of Lower Germany' provides a captivating glimpse into the political and geographical divisions of the late 17th century Low Countries, which encompass modern-day Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg.

Amsterdam, a city of great historical and cultural significance, stands out as a key feature on this map. Known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system, and narrow houses, it was one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age. Brussels, another major city, is highlighted, providing a historical perspective on today's capital of Belgium and the de facto capital of the European Union.

Luxembourg, the world's only remaining grand duchy, is also represented on this map. This city, known for its fortified medieval old town perched on sheer cliffs, has a rich history that dates back to the Roman era. The bustling port city of Rotterdam, with its maritime heritage and modern architecture, and Antwerp, known for its diamond district and Flemish Renaissance architecture, are also prominently featured.

This map, beyond its aesthetic appeal, is a testament to the cartographic skills of the Visscher family and the rich history of the Low Countries. It offers a unique opportunity to explore the Seventeenth Provinces as they were in 1690, showcasing not only the major cities but also the smaller towns, regions, and landmarks that make up this historically significant area. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a lover of maps, or simply someone who appreciates fine details and craftsmanship, this map is a fascinating journey through time and geography.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:

The Seventeen Provinces

  • Amsterdam: Known for its artistic heritage, it was one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age.
  • Brussels: Today's capital of Belgium and the de facto capital of the European Union.
  • Luxembourg: The world's only remaining grand duchy, with a rich history dating back to the Roman era.
  • Rotterdam: A bustling port city known for its maritime heritage and modern architecture.
  • Antwerp: Known for its diamond district and Flemish Renaissance architecture.
  • Ghent: Historically known as Gaunt in English, it was one of the richest and largest cities of northern Europe in the Middle Ages.
  • Utrecht: An important religious center in the Netherlands with an ancient city center.
  • Maastricht: Known for its medieval-era architecture and vibrant cultural scene.
  • Liege: A major city of Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium.
  • Namur: The capital of Wallonia, known for its strategic location at the confluence of the Sambre and Meuse rivers.
  • Bruges: Known as "The Venice of the North" for its canals.
  • Leuven: Home to the oldest Catholic university in the world.
  • Dordrecht: Known as Dort in English, it was a major trade port during the Dutch Golden Age.
  • Leiden: Known for its centuries-old architecture and Leiden University, the oldest in the Netherlands.
  • 's-Hertogenbosch: Also known as Den Bosch, it was one of the leading cities in the Southern Netherlands.
  • Groningen: Known for the University of Groningen and a lively cultural scene.
  • Nijmegen: Known as the oldest city in the Netherlands.
  • Haarlem: Known for its historical buildings and it was the center of the tulip bulb-growing district for centuries.
  • Arnhem: Known for its green urban character and a host to the World War II Battle of Arnhem.
  • Breda: Known for its significant historic buildings.
  • Zwolle: Known for its vibrant cultural scene and historical center.
  • Alkmaar: Known for its cheese market.
  • Deventer: One of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, it was known for its arts and book printing.
  • Middelburg: Known for its significant historic buildings and canals.
  • Leeuwarden: Known for its historic city center and cultural events.
  • Tournai: Known as one of the oldest cities in Belgium.
  • Mechelen: Known for its historic architecture and Mechelen bells.
  • Aachen: Known for its palatine chapel and thermal springs.
  • Bonn: Known as the birthplace of Beethoven and for its history dating back to the Roman era.
  • Cologne: Known for its rich history, dating back to the Roman era, and its architectural heritage.

Notable Natural Phenomena

  • The Rhine River: One of the major European rivers, which has its source in Switzerland and flows in the North Sea coast in the Netherlands.
  • The Meuse River: A major European river, rising in France and flowing through Belgium and the Netherlands before draining into the North Sea.
  • The Scheldt River: A river that starts in France, runs through Belgium and out into the North Sea in the Netherlands.
  • The Ardennes: A region of extensive forests, rolling hills and ridges in Belgium, Luxembourg, and France.
  • The Hoge Veluwe National Park: One of the Netherlands' largest national parks, known for its diverse landscapes.

Notable Historical Events

  • The Eighty Years' War (1568–1648): A revolt of the Seventeen Provinces against the political and religious hegemony of Philip II of Spain.
  • The Treaty of Münster (1648): A treaty that ended the Eighty Years' War and recognized the independence of the Dutch Republic.
  • The Franco-Dutch War (1672–1678): A war fought by France, Sweden, Münster, Cologne and England against the Dutch Republic, which was later joined by the Austrian Habsburg lands, Brandenburg-Prussia and Spain to form a coalition.

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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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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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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