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On Thursday, 15 May 1788 at four o'clock in the morning, three travellers waited in a carriage at a Rotterdam toll-house for a ferry across the River Maas. This crossing was the first stage of a long journey that would take them to Antwerp, Brussels and finally Paris. We know all this from Lambert van Eck's detailed account, for it was his travel journal that enabled us to piece together the story of this journey. Even though the smoke of the battles of 1787 had lifted, to those directly involved - such as our three travellers - what had actually happened in the Dutch Republic was still far from clear. To be sure, the revolution and restoration that had taken place that year were the culmination of the political unrest that had begun in 1779, when the country had become involved in a war against England.

Keywords: Antwerp; Brussels; Dutch Republic; Lambert van Eck; Paris



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