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Zuiddorpe (The Netherlands)
Terneuzen municipality, Zeeland province
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by Jarig Bakker, 10 Aug 2003
Zuiddorpe former municipality
Zuiddorpe is a village in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen, Zeeland. It was an independent
municipality until 1970, when part of it was merged with Axel,
and the remainder with Sas van Gent. On 1 Jan
2003 all of Zuiddorpe became part of the new municipality of Terneuzen.
Marie Cécile Moerdijk, the Nightingale of Zuiddorpe, was born
here (she won't tell when). Zuiddorpe boasts the introduction of buckwheat
in the Netherlands by the Dutch Marco Polo, Joos van Ghistel (1446-1525),
who travelled the world 1481-1485 and hid some grains of buckwheat in the
Holy Land under his saddle, though that was severely forbidden.
(however buckwheat was introduced at the end of the 14th century...)
Every year in August the Zuiddorpers celebrate Joos' heroic feat by
their "Boekweitfeesten", though it was more fun in 1926, when there
were 50 pubs for 258 houses.
Flagdescription: yellow with three blue buckwheat flowers, placed 2
This flag was not official, but was used as such, especially by the
municipal council. The image is identical to the Coat of Arms.
The yellow color refers of course to Marie Cécile's golden locks.
<nl-ze_zd.gif> Zuiddorpe's old municipal flag - I've used Ralf
More about Zuiddorpe on this
webpage. (in Dutch)
Jarig Bakker, 10 Aug 2003
Zuiddorpe Coat of Arms
by Jarig Bakker, 10 Aug 2003, after image in the Koffie Hag Album.
Granted 31 Jul 1817.