"The "Turfschip" (Peatship) of Breda" Spanjaardsgat Tip by Pavlik_NL

Spanjaardsgat, Breda: 13 reviews and 15 photos

  Historical hero: the "Turfschipper" (peatshipper)
by Pavlik_NL

The "Spanjaardgat" is surrounded by halftrue stories of the Dutch variant of the Trojan Horse technique. In the 80 years lasting independance war between the Lowlands and Spain (then centre of the Habsburgian empire of which The Netherlands (incl. belgium) then were a part of). Story goes that after a long siege, the Dutch pretended to leave the area. They left a ship full of peat in the harbour as a tooken of loosing the battle ... that is ... the deep hidden decks were filled with 72 soldiers. The ship was taken into the town and at night the troops came out - opened the gates and so letting in the main force. Thus Breda was "liberated" on the 4th of March 1590 (as well plundered for it's catholic past). In a hidden square in town the "captain" of this peatship is commemorated in a small statue.

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  • Written Oct 13, 2003
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