Maastricht – Traiectum ad Mosam Vulgo Maestricht
Rare large map with weapons of the city and of the prince bishop of Liège
Date of first edition: ca. 1695
Date of this map: ca. 1695
Dimensions (not including margins): 40,5 x 50,5 cm
Condition: excellent. Copper engraving on strong paper. Centre fold as published. Old colouring. Wide margins.
Condition rating: A+
From: Theatrum Ichnographicum Omnium et praecipuorum oppidorum Belgicarum XVII Provinciarum peraccurate delineatarum, Amsterdam.
Maastricht: an important historical town, great to visit
The important strategic location of Maastricht resulted in the construction of an impressive array of fortifications around the city during this period. The Spanish and Dutch garrisons became an important factor in the city’s economy. In 1579 the city was sacked by the Spanish army led by the Duke of Parma (sige of Maastricht of 1579). For over fifty years the Spanish crown took over the role previously held by the dukes of Brabant in the joint sovereignty over Maastricht. In 1632 the city was conquered by PrinceFrederik Hendrik of Orange and the Dutch States General replaced the Spanish crown in the joint government of Maastricht.
Since the Treaty of London in 1839 Maastricht became definitively a Dutch town. Today, it is the thriving Dutch (economic and educational) city in the South East of the country.