Gibraltar (battle 1607)

by Henrick van Haestens, Jan Janszoon Orlers


Date of first edition:  1610

Date of this map: 1610

Dimensions (not including margins): 23 x 35 cm

Dimensions (including margins): 34 x 41 cm

Condition: Good. Sharp engraving. Original colouring. Wide margins

Condition rating: A+

Verso: blank

From: Den Nassauschen Lauren-Crans: Beschrijvinghe ende af-beeldinge van alle de victorien … die Godt Almachtich de … Staten der Vereenichde Nederlanden verleent heeft, deur het wijs ende clouck beleyt des Hooch-ghebooren Fursts Maurits van Nassau, J.J. Orlers en H. van Haestens


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Batlle of Gibraltar

After their loss at the Battle of Ostend, the Dutch United Provinces geared up their maritime campaign against Spain. This culminated in the breathtakingly bold raid on the Spanish fleet in harbor at Gibraltar, one of the most celebrated Dutch naval victories in their war of independence.

The Spanish lost their entire fleet of 21 ships and 2.000–4.000 men; Dutch, no ships and 100 men. Both admirals, Don Juan Alvarez de Avilla and van Heemskerk, were killed.

The battle resulted in a 12-year truce in which the Dutch Republic achieved de facto recognition by the Spanish Crown.

The vessels of Admiral van Heemskerk (central) and of captain Madder (left) are clearly visible.  At the right the town of Gibraltar.