Krefeld

Krefeld

[krey-feld; German krey-felt]
noun
a city in W North Rhine-Westphalia, in W Germany, NW of Cologne.
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Krefeld (ˈkreɪfɛld, German ˈkreːfɛlt)
 
n
a city in Germany, in W North Rhine-Westphalia: textile industries. Pop: 238 565 (2003 est)

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krefeld

city and port, North Rhine-Westphalia Land (state), western Germany. The medieval city centre of Krefeld is situated 6 miles (10 km) west of the Rhine River. The city stretches in an east-west direction, with Uerdingen, a second city centre, lying along the Rhine itself and containing a harbour. Chartered in 1373, Krefeld belonged to the counts of Moers (Mors) until it passed to the house of Orange in 1600; it passed to Prussia in 1702. In 1758 Ferdinand, duke of Brunswick, defeated the French near Krefeld in a major battle of the Seven Years' War. The city was long known for the manufacture of silks and velvets, which was begun in the 17th and 18th centuries by Mennonite refugees. Krefeld absorbed several neighbouring towns between 1901 and 1929, including Uerdingen and its harbour. It was occupied by the Allies after World War I, from 1918 to 1926, and was severely bombed in World War II.

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