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Bolsward

Bolsward is a city in Súdwest Fryslân in the province of Friesland, the Netherlands. Bolsward has a population of just under 10,000. It is located 10 km W.N.W. of Sneek.HistoryThe town is founded on three artificial dwelling hills, the first of which was built some time before Christ. Bolsward was a trading city with a port in the Middle Ages. The middlesea connected the port to the North Sea, but this connection was lost when the middlesea was reclaimed from the sea; a canal was then cut to the Zuider Zee. The town is mentioned in 725, when it was situated on the middlesea.As a trading city, Bolsward was granted city rights by Philip the Good in 1455. Bolsward was made a member of the Hanseatic league in 1422. It was the center of the former municipality named Bolsward, before that was merged into Súdwest Fryslân.Notable historical figuresNotable historical figures born here include: Juw Juwinga or Jonghema (14th century), 11th potestate of Friesland Petrus Thaborita (1450–1527), historian Boetius Adamsz Bolswert (c.1580-1633), engraver Schelderic Adamsz Bolswert (c.1586-1659), engraver Gysbert Japiks (1603–1666), poet Frederick Philipse (1626–1702), American progenitor and founder Willem Muurling (1805–1882), theologian Titus Brandsma (1881–1942), Carmelite philosopher
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