Een stadsstichting langs het Zwin. De ontstaansgeschiedenis en ontwikkeling van Sluis

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Abstract

This article investigates the origin of Sluis (NL), an
important harbour in the late medieval County of Flanders.
An analysis of the medieval town plan was performed,
based on the 16th-century map by Jacob van
Deventer and an early-14th-century rent register. This
analysis suggests that the oldest nucleus of Sluis was
a modest agrarian settlement near a small tidal inlet.
Around 1300 the tidal inlet and the surrounding mudflats
were embanked and a new settlement was laid
out next to the older nucleus. The regularity and the
arrangement of the new town plan, and the similarities
with other nearby founded port towns, suggests that
this new settlement was purposefully founded as a port
town. The article argues for the value of town plans and
an interdisciplinary approach for research into urban
origins.
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)104-125
JournalTijdschrift voor Historische Geografie
Volume3
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018

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