Seventeen Provinces

related topics
{country, population, people}
{area, part, region}
{church, century, christian}
{son, year, death}
{language, word, form}
{city, large, area}
{county, mile, population}

Flag

The Seventeen Provinces were a personal union of states in the Low Countries in the 15th century and 16th century, roughly covering the current Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, a good part of the North of France (Artois, Nord), and a small part of Western Germany.

The Seventeen Provinces were originally held by the Dukes of Burgundy of the House of Valois and later by the Habsburgs, first by the Spanish and then by the Austrian line. From 1512 the Provinces formed the major part of the Burgundian Circle.

Contents

Composition

The map corresponds to the following provinces:

It was not always the same Seventeen Provinces represented at the Estates-General of the Netherlands. Sometimes one delegation was included in another.

In later years the county of Zutphen became a part of the Duchy of Guelders, and the Duchy of Limburg was dependent on the Duchy of Brabant. On the other hand the French-speaking cities of Flanders were sometimes recognised as a separate province.

There were a number of fiefdoms in the Low Countries that were not part of the Seventeen Provinces, mainly because they did not belong to the Burgundian Circle but to the Lower Rhenish-Westphalian Circle. The largest of these was the Prince-Bishopric of Liège, the green area on the map, including the County of Horne. The ethnically and culturally Netherlandish duchies of Cleves and Julich did not join either. In the north, there were also a few smaller entities like the island of Ameland that would retain their own lords until the French Revolution.

Historians came up with different variations of the list. The number could have been chosen because of its Christian connotation.[1][clarification needed]

Full article ▸

related documents
Limburg (Belgium)
Sremski Karlovci
Central America
Frisia
Peloponnese
United Kingdom of the Netherlands
Tibet Autonomous Region
Opole
Prefecture
Lorraine (province)
West Timor
Pontus
Baden-Württemberg
Duchy of Carinthia
Halland
Apulia
Indies
Puducherry
Usedom
List of countries by population density
Melanesia
East Frisia
Local Government Areas of Queensland
Hillerød
Twa
Flag of Albania
Norrbotten County
Cyrenaica
Chita Oblast
Uden