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Cartography, Chorography And Patriotic Sentiment In The Sixteenth-Century Low Countries

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A trade in maps and other geographical works did develop from the mid-sixteenth century onwards, with material on the Netherlands forming a significant part of this trade. The market for geographical works was still in its infancy during the first crucial stages of the Revolt of the Netherlands. In the longer term, thought, these works influenced opinion and identity by giving graphic and written substance to that which, hitherto, had been vague and insubstantial; namely, the notion of a ‘country’. What made this development in the Low Countries particularly important was the fact that a Netherlandish ‘country’ had only recently taken shape. The importance of the maps, atlases, and the Description, then, should be recognized in two ways. They helped to spread and consolidate the notion of a Netherlandish country distinct from both France and Germany, while, within the Low Countries, they facilitated the development of a Netherlandish patriotic sentiment.

Keywords: atlases; maps; Netherlandish patriotic sentiment; sixteenth-centurylow countries



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