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Blokzijl grew in the 1580s. During the siege of Steenwijk, the Dutch built there a fortified lock or in local dialect zijl or siel. It received city rights in 1672. Until 1973, it was a separate municipality; it is now part of Steenwijkerland.
- J. Kuyper, Gemeente Atlas van Nederland, 1865-1870, "Blokzijl". Map of the former municipality, around 1868.
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