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Schoondijke (The Netherlands)

Sluis municipality, Zeeland province

Last modified: 2003-08-16 by jarig bakker
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[Schoondijke flag] by Jarig Bakker, 11 Aug 2003
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Schoondijke former municipality

Schoondijke is a former municipality in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen; in 1970 it merged with Oostburg; since 1 Jan 2003 part of Sluis municipality in Zeeland.
Schoondijke was nearly completely demolished during the WWII, was rebuilt and remained an agricultural area. In the Middle Ages it was part of the "Vrije van Sluis", (free land of Sluis), western Zeeuws-Vlaanderen, which was the "Oost-Vrije" the eastern part of the "Vrije van Brugge". In 1583 it was conquered by the Duke of Parma, but in 1604 it was reconquered by Prince Maurits and added to the Dutch Republic.
Many municipalities in wester Zeeuws-Vlaanderen had a blue diagonal bar on a white field as a symbol for the "Vrije van Sluis", in which the diagonal bar may possibly represent the Schelde or the Zwin.
The flag of Schoondijke was: diagonally divided blue over white with in the center of the blue field the municipal arms.
This flag was not official, but was used as such. The colors are derived from the municipal arms.
Sources: Sierksma's Nederlands Vlaggenboek, 1962 [sie62], Ralf Hartemink's website - and a bit of ferreting.
Jarig Bakker, 11 Aug 2003

Schoondijke CoA

[Schoondijke CoA] from Ralf Hartemink's website.

Granted 8 Dec 1819. Similar CoAs were in use by the former municipalities of Cadzand, Groede and Zuidzande, which also belonged to the "Vrije van Sluis".