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Damme - Damme Canal in early spring # 2

Hereby my second picture of the Damme Canal.
This region in northwestern Belgium designated by its specific landscapes has already been put on the screen so often and so beautifully by John (jhm) that my previous picture was immediately recognized as a typical view of his home region.

Recently I visited Damme for the first time in my life and it's nice to find out that this exceptionally beautiful region is known so well by many TE members.

You may be surprised to know that this picture was taken in the center of Damme. At the time the canal was constructed straight through the town with the adverse result that a large part of its center was demolished, including the ‘Korenmarkt’ (‘Corn Market’) and many beautiful mansions.

The Damme Canal (Damse Vaart) is a canal in the north of the province of West Flanders. It links Bruges with the Dutch border town of Sluis.
It’s also called the ‘Napoleonvaart’ because it was constructed on the orders of Napoleon Bonaparte. His intention was to create a canal network in order to permit a quick supply for the French soldiers without the risk of a confrontation with the British navy at sea.
After his defeat, however, the construction wasn’t further completed.

A less pretty fact is that this construction was carried out by Spanish prisoners, descendants of the previous rulers in the Low Countries.

Information from http://www.damme-online.com/nl/deelgemeentes/damme.htm

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