Digital History

Introduction 

The goal of these digital history projects is to provide a holistic account of the military inundations during the Dutch Wars of Independence.  Each project explores the floods from a different perspective.  The brief history offers an overview of the major events of the wars of independence and how the strategic floods fit into the rebel strategy.  The interactive map provides a visual account of the cities, villages, and locations which were affected by the inundations, which can be sorted according to natural vs military floods or according to specific sieges.  Once finished, the third project, living through the inundations will provide first-hand accounts of the motivations behind the inundations, and how they affected individuals.

BRIEF HISTORY OF  MILITARY INUNDATIONS DURING THE DUTCH WARS OF INDEPENDENCE

This exhibit provides a brief account of the military inundations during the Dutch Wars of Independence.  Along with providing a general overview of the nature of the inundations, it examines the strategic floods during the encounters at Brill, Alkmaar, Leiden, and Antwerp.

INTERACTIVE INUNDATION MAP

Flooding in the Low Countries 1570-1588

This interactive map offers a visual representation of all the floods in the Low Countries between 1570 and 1588.  You can filter the floods by naturally occurring, military inundations, and with specific flooding events such as the All Saints Flood or the Relief of Leiden.

LIVING THROUGH THE MILITARY INUNDATIONS

Sisyphus pushing his rock up the hill

This work in progress will provide first-hand accounts from individuals who experienced the military inundations.  The goal will be to provide a memorable, yet holistic, account of the motivation behind the floods and the resulting suffering and devastation which ensued.