This post was promised a while back already. I can hardly believe this was the 31st of January.
A small city in Noord-Brabant is known for the Gang of Oss which is a turbulent period from 1888 through 1934 in which criminals committed many severe crimes. Over 160 people were arrested in 1934 were round up. Nowadays it’s not as bad.
Somewhere along the way I made these two pictures. The scenery might be basic, but that’s also one of the things about driving around, learning to appreciate it.
A 2008 survey showed that majority of Maasdonk’s inhabitants were fine with the idea of removal of the municipality. In 2012 a proposal to merge with Bernheze was also dismissed. Other negotiations are still ongoing, but are not fruitful yet.
I think this is the first -donk municipality of more to come. A donk is a elevation in a boggy area. Maas- is obviously derived from the river, which is at the heart of the area, and which caused both prosperity and misfortune.
Maasdonk is the result of a fusion of municipalities in 1993. Bernheze is only one year younger, and it initiality was named after its biggest town. Now, it’s named after a promoninent farm stead of the old days. Bern stands for born, which means as much as source, or water. Hese stands for woods. Seems to me like an accurate description of the area, even now.
We are not really used to earthquakes in the Netherlands, but in 1932, one of the heaviest earthquakes had its epicenter in Uden, and following the Mercalli intensity scale, it reached a level VI. Only in 1992 a stronger earthquake (VII) was observed in Roermond.
Another fairly new municipality (1994). Although in itself it is not very known, for us mainly Zeeland is a famous place. Not because there is anything to do (except for visiting the town hall), but because it’s also the name of a province. So you can go quite far, in little time.
One of the major pathways to get into Noord-Brabant. Or anything south of the Maas, for that matter. The municipality was formed in the Napoleonic time, concurrently to the founding of a fortified town Grave. Etymologically, Grave derived its name from graven (digging) or gracht (moat).
km total: 2107
done: 6 (50)
to to: 365