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Women In Dutch Fishing Communities The Cases Of Ter Heijde And Maassluis, C. 1600–1700

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Until recently the image of women in the Dutch Republic was rather impressionistic, but lately a lot of research has been dedicated to distinct groups of women, and to the position of women in specific geographical areas. This chapter examines the position of fishermen's wives in two fishing communities in the area around the Maas in the south of Holland. It looks at Ter Heijde, a coastal village of about 550 inhabitants, of which the largest part of the male working population was involved in coastal fisheries. It then looks at Maassluis, a fishing town of about 3,000 inhabitants, where most men worked in the herring and cod fisheries. The chapter focuses on male and female working populations and to changing labour patterns during the seventeenth century. It analyses the division of work, income, and power within the maritime household and explores the role of women in the local community.

Keywords: cod fisheries; Dutch; fishermen's wives; fishing communities; herring; labour patterns; Maassluis; Ter Heijde; Women



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