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This is a part of the old town of Freudenberg, a little town in Southern Westphalia, near Siegen. In 1666 the whole town was destroyed by a great fire. The prince in Siegen, Johann-Moritz of Siegen-Nassau, ordered that Freudenberg has to be rebuilt on it's old ground plan. That's Freudenberg of today.

Interesting is, that in September 1796 troops of Napoleon took the town and plundered it - like many others. After a lost battle near Würzburg (Bavaria) the troops had to withdraw. On their way back, the war-treasure, consisting in 16 horse-wagons, was attacked by robbers near Freudenberg - without success. The mayor of Freudenberg offered to protect the treasure and it's escort during the following night, because the troops were still far away. The next day 500 farmers from the surroundings, who had heared this news, rushed into the town and attacked the treasure. The escort had to run away into the townhall. Finally the farmers and the citizens of Freudenberg "divided up" the treasure (about 500.000 francs) in a mass-fight.
Some days later, as a revenge, many farmhouses in the region of Siegen were burnt by french troops.
Still today, many families in Freudenberg and surroundings own old french coins ...

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