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1134-1482

(Tentative Period)

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History

Rise

  • 1134, storm surge that made Bruges accessible through the Zwin inlet

Decline

  • 1482, death of Marie de Bourgogne
  • 1486, crowning of Maximilian I von Habsburg
  • 1488, Maximilian kidnapped and emprisoned in Bruges
  • 1493-1519, true reign of Maximilian over Flanders, marked by permanent Flemish revolt
  • Bloccade of the port of Brugge in those years, and Maximilaan ordered foreign nations to leave Brugge
  • Silting of the access to the port of Bruges.

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Population Facts

(source: '1979: Inventaris van het cultuurbezit in België', ed. Suzanne van Aerschot)
  • Around 1250: 40,000-45,000 residents
  • Around 1620: 27,000 residents
  • Around 1665: 38,000 residents
  • Around 1840: 50,000 residents
  • Today: 20,163 residents

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