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Delmenhorst

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Delmenhorst is an urban district in Lower Saxony, Germany. It has a population of 74,500 and is located 10km west of downtown Bremen with which it forms a contiguous urban area, whereas the city of Oldenburg is 25km to the northwest. The city has a total area of 62.36km²; and a population density of approx. 1200 inhabitants per km².Since 2006 the mayor has been Patrick de la Lanne .HistoryDelmenhorst was first mentioned in a charter in 1254, after the Count of Oldenburg, Otto I, bought the place near the river Delme in 1234. A castle to protect the newly founded settlement was established in about 1247. The following count, Otto II, made the castle his residency; Delmenhorst was declared an independent town on 15 July 1371 under Bremen's law.After a short period under the governance of the bishop of Bremen from 1421 to 1436 Delmenhorst returned under the custody of Oldenburg. Delmenhorst later was infamous for its robber-baronship under the count Gerd. Its reign ended in 1482 thanks to a siege laid to the castle under the leadership of the bishop of Münster. Therefore, the town now was under Münster authority until finally count Anton I won back the town as well as the castle in 1547.When the last heir of Anton, Christian, died in 1647, Delmenhorst again fell under Oldenburg custody. As Oldenburg belonged to Danish kings and the Oldenburg regent of that time was a relative of the Danish king, Delmenhorst was thereafter under Danish control.
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