Heerhugowaard

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Coordinates: 52°40′05″N 4°50′28″E / 52.668°N 4.841°E / 52.668; 4.841

Heerhugowaard About this sound pronunciation (West Frisian: Heerhugoweard, Heregeweard or De Weard, Dutch Low Saxon: Heerhugoweerd) is a municipality and a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland and the region of West-Frisia.

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History

Around the year 800 the area of the modern municipality of Heerhugowaard was covered in peat fen. Because of peat-digging and storm floods many lakes developed in the region, including the Heerhugowaard. The name is derived from lord ('heer' in Dutch) Hugo van Assendelft who was killed by the West Frisians in this area in 1296. After two storms in 1248, the abbey of Egmond, which had much property in this region, built the Schagerdam at Schagen. This became part of the Westfriese Omringdijk, which protected the pentagon Schagen - Alkmaar - Medemblik - Enkhuizen - Hoorn.

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