Retranchement (The Netherlands)


Retranchement is a costal area in Zeeland next to Cadzand (Nederland).
The village of Retranchement is surrounded by the Ramparts of Retranchement. The ramparts, surrounded by greenery, dates back to the Eighty Years War (1568-1648). In 1604 it was raised by the direction of Prince Maurits to defend the Zwingeul against the Spanish troops. At the time this was an important and then very busy water channel to sail inland from the North Sea. In the beginning only soldiers inhabited this complex which later grew into a real village.
Location: Zeeland (The Netherlands)

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Triplets of Retranchement

The no. 364 boundary post, by the walking path, stands on the Old Seawall near the former Nassau fort. At the time that the Zwin was still flowing at this location, it was impossible to indicate the correct location of the national border. They decided to place a boundary post at 200 meters from this place on Dutch territory and to place another border marker at 200 meters from this location on Belgian territory. After the embankment of the Willem Leopold polder in 1872, the real boundary post No. 364 was placed in the middle of the two old landmarks. The other two boundary post have remained as silent guards. Such a border separation is unique in both the Netherlands and Belgium.

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