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Middelburg

[mid-l-burg] /ˈmɪd lˌbɜrg/
noun
1.
a city in the SW Netherlands.

Zeeland

[zee-luh nd; Dutch zey-lahnt] /ˈzi lənd; Dutch ˈzeɪˌlɑnt/
noun
1.
a province in the SW Netherlands, consisting largely of islands. 1041 sq. mi. (2695 sq. km).
Capital: Middelburg.
Related forms
Zeelander, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for Middelburg

Middelburg

/ˈmɪdəlˌbɜːɡ; Dutch ˈmɪdəlbyrx/
noun
1.
a city in the SW Netherlands, capital of Zeeland province, on Walcheren Island: an important trading centre in the Middle Ages and member of the Hanseatic League; 12th-century abbey; market town. Pop: 46 000 (2003 est)

Zeeland

/Dutch ˈzeːlɑnt; English ˈziːlənd/
noun
1.
a province of the SW Netherlands: consists of a small area on the mainland together with a number of islands in the Scheldt estuary; mostly below sea level. Capital: Middelburg. Pop: 378 000 (2003 est). Area: 1787 sq km (690 sq miles)
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Encyclopedia Article for Middelburg

gemeente (municipality), southwestern Netherlands, on Walcheren, a peninsula that was formerly an island. Named for its central position on the island, Middelburg was a flourishing medieval town that traded in wine and cloth and that later prospered through the activities of the Dutch East India Company. It was one of the first towns captured by the Sea Beggars (Dutch insurgents against Spain) in 1574. It was inundated during World War II, but most of the damage has been repaired. Tourism and services are the main sources of income. Landmarks (all restored since 1945) include the town hall (about 1512); the Abbey of St. Nicholas (founded 1150), now the seat of the provincial government; and the 16th-century New Church. Several old town gates survive. Pop. (2007 est.) 47,267.

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Zeeland

maritime provincie, southwestern Netherlands. It occupies the delta lands of the Scheldt (Schelde) and Maas (Meuse) rivers. The provincie comprises Zeeuwsch-Vlaanderen, a strip of the Flanders mainland between the Westerschelde (Western Scheldt) and Belgium, plus six former islands: Schouwen en Duiveland, Tholen, Noord-Beveland, Walcheren, Zuid-Beveland, and Sint Philipsland. None of these has preserved a true insular character, all being connected to each other or to Noord-Brabant province inland by dams or bridges.

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