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Golden Ages - Antwerpen

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  • Bernardin Moens (1605 - 1641)
  • Antoon van Stralen, heer van Merksem (1521 - 1568)
    Burgemeester van Antwerpen in de jaren 1555-1557, 1561 en 1565. Alva veroordeelde Van Stralen tot onthoofding met het zwaard, voltrokken op 24 september 1568 te Vilvoorde. Meer info op: Dutch Revol...
  • Jan Junius van Leefdale (deceased)
    Jan Junius van Leefdale, bijgenaamd de Jonge, was van 1579-1580 'borgemeester' van Antwerpen.
  • Jan Bartholomeus Rubens (1530 - 1587)
    Peter Paul Rubens From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Rubens was born in Siegen, Westphalia, to Jan Rubens and Maria Pypelincks. His father, a Calvinist, and mother fled Antwerp for Cologne in 15...
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1484-1648

(Tentative Period)

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History

Rise

  • 1484, Maximilian decides that Antwerp must become the new commercial center.

Decline

  • 1576, Antwerp adheres to the 'Pacification of Ghent'
  • 1579, Antwerp ratifies the 'Union of Utrecht', aiming for the expulsion of the Spanish occupiers from the Low Countries (Netherlands)
  • 1585, fall of Antwerp during the Eighty Years' War.
  • 1648, Treaty of Munster, closure of the Schelde river

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Population Facts

Housing

(source: '1979: Inventaris van het cultuurbezit in België', ed. Suzanne van Aerschot)
  • 1496: 6,147 houses (intra muros)
  • 1568: 11,856 houses (intra muros)

Residents

(source: Prof. Guido Marnef, University of Antwerp - based on 1568 census)
  • 1374: 7,000 residents
  • 1480: 33,000 residents
  • 1500: 40,000 residents
  • 1526: 55,000 residents
  • 1568: 89,996 residents + 14,085 foreign merchants + 3,822 soldiers and family

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