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This is an attractive c. 1760 map of Flanders engraved by Richard William Seale. The map depicts modern day Belgium and Luin xemburg along with parts of Germany, France and Holland, a region commonly called Flanders at the time. Covers from Rotterdam south as far as Thionville and from Boulogne eastward to Dusseldorf. Includes the regions of Flanders, Artois, Hainault, Luin xemburg, Limburg, Brabant, Liege, Juliers, Cleves, Gelder, Holland, Zeeland and Namur and renders the entire region in extraordinary detail offering both topographical and political information, color coding the Austrian, French, Dutch and Prussian dominions.
The Low Countries were on the low-lying delta formed by the convergence of the Rhine, Scheldt, and Meuse rivers. This portion of the Netherlands was known successively as the Habsburg Netherlands, the Spanish Netherlands, and the Austrian Netherlands, until, in 1795, Napoleonic forces invaded and set up a new French client state, the Batavian Republic. The Low Countries, until 1581 part of the Seventeen United Provinces, were reunited by the 1815 Congress of Vienna as the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. Along with the United Provinces, this area, which hosted the world's first stock exchanges, is considered the birthplace of the modern capitalist economy.
All in all, a very interesting and attractive map of Belgium to appear in the latter half of the 18th century. This map was engraved by R. W. Seale and published in Universal Magazine.
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