Fossa Eugeniana quae a Rheno ad Mosam


Fossa Eugeniana quae a Rheno ad Mosam duci coepta est, anno MDCXXII ductu comitis Henrici vanden Berge, the scale is approx. 1: 80000 and the map is oriented northwestwards up. The image is 37 x 49 cm in size, with very large margins. The map comes from; L’Appendice de L’Atlas de Gerard Mercator et Iudocus Hondius, published in Amsterdam in 1633. Text on the reverse: “Le nouveau canal de St Marie ou Eugenien, Qui fut commencé entre le Rhein & la Meuse, l’an 1628” t. The map is colored correctly and is in very good condition. The map comes in a passe partout, the total dimensions are 70 x 49 cm.

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The Fossa Eugeniana is a seventeenth-century unfinished canal between the Rhine and the Meuse. The intention was to extend it to the Scheldt. From there, the canal connection to the Flemish coastal ports would be improved. Work on the 50 km long section between Rhine and Meuse was started in 1626, but never completed. Some remnants of it have been preserved in the landscape. The canal between Maas and Scheldt was not started. The sailing connection between the Scheldt and the Flemish coast was somewhat improved.


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