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Object: Mardike Fort, with its Out-vvorks as novv it is...
Object: Mardyke Neere Dunkerke
A broadside on the taking of Fort Mardyck near Dunkirk and the following events until February 1658; with an etching by Hollar showing an aerial view of the fort and its surroundings, on the R the fort, in the centre dunes, and on the left the seashore with a jetty, in front of which eight ships at anchor, in the top left corner an inserted legend; with engraved title, lettering A-Q, and legend, and with letterpress title and text in four columns. (London, Jenner: 1658)
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Height: 180 millimetres (etching)
Height: 420 millimetres (printed area)
Width: 270 millimetres (etching)
Width: 294 millimetres (printed area)
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- The printer's initials are MS, which are most certainly those of Mary Simmons.
Under the terms of the Anglo-French alliance against Spain (signed in March 1657), England joined the French war against Spain in the Southern Netherlands, contributing 6,000 troops and the English fleet in a campaign against the Flemish coastal fortresses of Gravelines, Dunkirk, and Mardyke (Mardike, Mardyck, Mardijck, Mardic). It was agreed that the first fortress would be ceded to France, the latter to England. Mardyke, which protected the western port of Dunkirk, was captured on 9 September 1657, and garrisoned by Commonwealth troops. Dunkirk was besieged in May 1658; the Spanish troops, which tried to lift the siege, were defeated on 4 June at the Battle of the Dunes (Battle of Dunkirk).
For more information on Fort Mardyck, see http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/fr-59-fm.html
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Associated Event: Anglo-Spanish War 1654-1660
Associated Event: Taking of Fort Mardyck September 1657
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