Geertruidenberg (siege in 1593) – Obsidio St Geertruydenbergae…

by Joan Blaeu


Date of first edition:  1649

Date of this map: 1649

Dimensions (not including margins): 45 x 57 cm

Condition: Very good. Strong paper and wide margins. Centre fold as published.  Original colouring.

Condition rating: A+

Verso: text in Latin

Map references: Van der Krogt 4, 1460

From: Novum Ac Magnum Theatrum Urbinum Belgicae (Stedeboeck)


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Geertruidenberg: the siege of 1593

The Siege of Geertruidenberg was a siege of the city of Geertruidenberg that took place between 27 March and 24 June 1593 during the Eighty Years’ War. Anglo-Dutch troops under the commands of Maurits of Nassau and Francis Vere laid siege to the Spanish garrisoned city. The siege was unique in that the besiegers used a hundred ships, forming a semicircle in a chain on the  Mass River to form a bloackade. A Spanish relief force under the command of the Count of Mansverld was attempted in May but this was defeated and he was later forced to withdraw. Three Governors of the city were killed – after the last fatality and as a result of the failed relief, the Spanish surrendered the city on 24 June 1593. The victory earned Maurits much fame and had thus become a steadfast strategist in the art of war

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