- Harbor on the island of Walcheren in the province of Zeeland. Vlissingen was granted urban statutes in 1315 by the Count of Holland, William III the Good (1285–1337). The town became an important fishing port. In the 16th century, its strategic position was strengthened by the construction of new fortresses. During the 17th century, the city was also a commercial center, together with the Zeeland capital Middelburg and the ports of Veere and Zierikzee. The slavetradewas a profitable activity dur ing the 18th century. Its important position made Vlissingen a target in 1809 during the Napoleonic Wars and again in 1944 during World War II, when the city was destroyed. At present, the city has about 45,000 inhabitants.
Historical Dictionary of the Netherlands. EdwART. 2012.
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