My ‘Motherland’, the province Zeeland in the Netherlands
Map ‘Zelandicarum’ by Christian Sgrothen, 1573
Zeeland - ‘the reclamation of land from the sea to this extent is unique in the world.’
Zeeland is in the center with, from the south, Zeeuws-Vlaanderen bordering with Flanders (the southern part of the green area), north of Zealand-Flanders, the isles Walcheren (west) and Zuid-Beveland (east), and north of these (in the center the 2 small isles) Wolphaartsdijk, Noord-Beveland. East the island of Tholen and north-west the isles Schouwen and Duiveland. North of these Goeree and Flakkee. North of these (south of the Mainland = Holland) the Hoekse Waard. The greater part of these islands had been reclaimed from the sea - and many more ‘polders’ since then. The growth of the province Zeeland is an amazing development, the reclamation of land from the sea to this extent is unique in the world.