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Coordinates: 52°40′N 6°45′E / 52.667°N 6.750°E
Coevorden ( pronunciation (help·info)) is a municipality and a city in the northeastern Netherlands. During the municipal reorganisation in the province in 1998, Coevorden merged with Dalen, Sleen, Oosterhesselen and Zweeloo.
Aalden, Achterste Erm, Ballast, Benneveld, Bovensteenwijksmoer, Coevorden, Dalen, Dalerpeel, Dalerveen, De Bente, De Haar, De Kiel, De Mars, Den Hool, Diphoorn, Eldijk, Erm, Gees, Geesbrug, Grevenberg, 't Haantje, Holsloot, Hoogehaar, Kibbelveen, Klooster, Langerak, Meppen, Nieuwe Krim, Nieuwlande, Noord-Sleen, Oosterhesselen, Padhuis, Pikveld, Schimmelarij, Schoonoord, Sleen, Steenwijksmoer, Stieltjeskanaal, Valsteeg, Veenhuizen, Vlieghuis, Vossebelt, Wachtum, Weijerswold, Wezup, Wezuperbrug, Zweeloo and Zwinderen.
The city of Coevorden
Fortification plan of Coevorden, in Star fort
Coevorden received city rights in 1408.
The city was reconstructed in the early seventeenth century by Maurice of Nassau, Prince of Orange to an ideal city design, similar to Palmanova. The streets were laid out in a radial pattern within polygonal fortifications and extensive outer earthworks.
The city of Coevorden may have indirectly given its name to the city of Vancouver, which is named after the 18th-century British explorer George Vancouver. The explorer's ancestors (and family name) may have originally come to England "from Coevorden" (van Coevorden > Vancoevorden > Vancouver). There is also a family of nobility with the surname van Coeverden, sometimes spelled with a K (as with Canadian kayaker Adam van Koeverden).
Its name (Coevorden) has the same literal meaning as of "Bosporus" and "Oxford" - "cow ford(s)" or "cow crossing".
Twin towns — Sister cities
Coevorden is twinned with: