01 April 2008

On 1 April 1572, 600 Gueux (Geuzen), under the command of Count Lumey de la Marck, seized the port of Brill (Den Briel/Brielle), making it the first town to be liberated from the Spaniards. These Sea-Beggars had triggered a revolt against the repression of general Alva, which would soon spread to Holland and Zeeland. Alva was the first to be an April fool!


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