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From Hostage to Fortune to Prisoner of War

By: Randall Lesaffer


Image credit: Peace of Nijmegen. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.


On 10 August 1678, France and the Republic of the United Provinces of the Northern Netherlands signed a peace treaty at Nijmegen [Nimeguen]. The treaty, which was one of several between the members of opposing coalitions, ended the war which had started with the nearly successful surprise attack by the French King Louis XIV (1638–1715) on the Dutch Republic in 1672.

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