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The Maritime District has a rich history, unfortunately little is visible of it. In recent years, however, a lot of hard work has been done to bring this history back to the fore and in the coming years we hope to get more history visual in the neighborhood.

Recently the book "Four centuries of Rotterdam Water City" has been published. This sketches the history of one of Rotterdam's oldest city centers. Thanks to a flourishing trade in herring and wine, the area around Haringvliet, Leuvehaven, Wijnhaven and Boompjes developed into a lively merchant city. With the arrival of ever larger steam ships on the quays and the flashy air track, Waterstad, the former name of the Maritime District, gradually lost its appeal to residents. On the basis of the quiet plain that the bombing of 1940 had left behind, Waterstad once again grew into an impressive city center and beloved residential area. The book is richly illustrated with historical and contemporary images and is available at the better bookshops and via Bol.com.

The Waterstad society consists of four curious residents, eyewitnesses and experience experts from a radically changing living environment and in recent years has been committed to bringing stories from and about the past to the present in an easily accessible way. The society wants to get the history of this special city district above water as inspiration for the latest developments. She also hopes that the dynamic building plans will be based on the many qualities of Waterstad. Against all progressive thinking, it is also worth taking a moment to reflect on four centuries of fascinating Rotterdam history.

Trade, shipping, religion, philosophy, art and culture have left their mark on Waterstad. And who has left their footprints here? The society collects images and stories, but also aims to bring heritage back to their original location. Under the motto The Secret of Water City, she compiles leaflets with photos and texts on various topics.

Thanks to the enthusiastic cooperation of Museum Rotterdam, the Archaeological Service Rotterdam, Willem de Kooning Academy, Residents' associations, Culture Scouts, Wijnhaven festival, Rotterdam Water Weekend ... and a growing group of interested people in local history, it must be possible to discover the secrets of Waterstad.

Recommended Sources:

  • City in growth, History of Rotterdam to 1813, part I ,. Arie van der Schoor.
  • City in growth. History of Rotterdam after 1813, part II, Paul van der Laar
  • Tear mail. Herco jar. Daily special historical sketches and current information. Webshop. info@scheurmail.nl
  • Roterodamum Society, yearbooks, information meetings
  • City Archives Rotterdam, Museum Rotterdam.
  • www.leuvekwartier.nl
  • www.waterstadgenootschap.nl under construction!

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