Coevorden (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkuvɔrdən] (listen); Dutch Low Saxon: Koevern) is a city and municipality in the province of Drenthe, Netherlands. During the 1998 municipal reorganisation in the province, Coevorden merged with Dalen, Sleen, Oosterhesselen and Zweeloo, retaining its name. In August 2017, it had a population of 35,267.
Castle and city hall of Coevorden in 2007
Location in Drenthe
|• Body||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Bert Bouwmeester (D66)|
|• Total||299.69 km2 (115.71 sq mi)|
|• Land||296.54 km2 (114.49 sq mi)|
|• Water||3.15 km2 (1.22 sq mi)|
|Elevation||12 m (39 ft)|
|• Density||119/km2 (310/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Area code||0524, 0528, 0591|
The city was captured from the Spanish in 1592 by a Dutch and English force under the command of Maurice, Prince of Orange. The following year it was besieged by a Spanish force but the city held out until its relief in May 1594. Coevorden was then reconstructed in the early seventeenth century to an ideal city design, similar to Palmanova. The streets were laid out in a radial pattern within polygonal fortifications and extensive outer earthworks.
The city of Coevorden may have indirectly given its name to the city of Vancouver, which is named after the 18th-century British explorer George Vancouver. The explorer's ancestors (and family name) may have originally come to England "from Coevorden" (van Coevorden > Vancoevorden > Vancouver). There is also a family of nobility with the surname van Coeverden, sometimes spelled with a K (as with Canadian kayaker Adam van Koeverden).
The population centres in the municipality are:
- Achterste Erm
- De Bente
- De Haar
- De Kiel
- De Mars
- Den Hool
- 't Haantje
- Nieuwe Krim
- Joannes Benedictus van Heutsz (1851 in Coevorden – 1924) a Dutch military officer and governor general of the Dutch East Indies in 1904
- Albert Bouwers (1893 in Dalen – 1972) a Dutch optical engineer, worked with X-Rays
- Relus ter Beek (1944 in Coevorden – 2008) a Dutch politician
- Tim de Zeeuw (born 1956 in Sleen) a Dutch astronomer specializing in the galaxies
- Thijs Berman (born 1957 in Coevorden) a former journalist, a Dutch politician and a Member of the European Parliament
- Herman von Hebel (born 1961 in Coevorden) was a Registrar of the International Criminal Court
- Maxim Februari (born 1963 in Coevorden) a Dutch writer, philosopher and columnist
- Joël Voordewind (born 1965 in Sleen) a Dutch politician
- Don Pepijn Schipper (born 1980 in Coevorden) stage name Don Diablo is a Dutch DJ, record producer, musician and songwriter of electronic dance music
- Mark-Jan Fledderus (born 1982 in Coevorden) a Dutch retired footballer with 321 caps
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