Sluis (siege of 1604)

by Joan Blaeu


Date of first edition: 1649

Date of this map: 1649 or 1652

Dimensions (not including margins):  38,8 x 49,8 cm

Dimensions (including margins):  50 x 60,3 cm

Condition: Excellent.  Sharp engraving on strong paper. Centre fold as published. Attractive discrete original coloring. Wide margins.

Condition rating: A+

Verso: text in Latin

Map reference:  Van der Krogt IV, 4026; Fauser, 13086

From: Novum Ac Magnum Theatrum Urbium Belgicae Regiae. Amsterdam, J. Blaeu, 1652; Van der Krogt IV, 43:111 (1649) or 43:113 (1652)

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The siege of Sluis

Ostend had already fallen into Spanish hands.

The siege of Sluis (1604) or battle of the Oostburg line was a series of military actions that took place during the Eighty Years’ War from 19 May to 19 August 1604. A States (and English) army under Prince Maurice of Orange and Horace Vere respectively crossed the Scheldt estuary and advanced on land taking Cadzand, Aardenburg, and Ijzendijke in the Spanish Netherlands. This soon led to the culmination of the siege of the Spanish-held inland port of Sluis.

Tough fighting included the defeat of a Spanish relief force under Amrogio Spinola and Luis de Velasco.

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