Map of the Week – Siege of Breda, 1624-1625

Wars often lead to the creation of maps. This week we are looking at a map of the siege of Breda in 1624-1625. The map shows how Breda had been surrounded by a line, just outside the reach of the city’s canon. This allowed the attackers to cut supply lines while they besieged the city.

This map is of personal interest to me since several of my ancestors lived in this area. One of them had his land confiscated during the siege to build the bank and ditch and fortlets around Breda. Read more about how the Eighty Years’ War affected our ancestors’ lives.

Map of the siege of Breda

Map of the siege of Breda, 1624-1625. Credits: call no. 4239, record group 4.VTHR, Nationaal Archief, The Hague (public domain)

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, CG®, QG™ is a professional genealogist in the Netherlands. She holds the Certified Genealogist credential from the Board for Certification of Genealogists and has a post-graduate diploma in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee. She has been doing genealogy for over 30 years and helps people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.

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