Goes

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Goes
City and Municipality
Harbour of Goes
Harbour of Goes
Flag of Goes
Flag
Coat of arms of Goes
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Goes in a municipal map of Zeeland
Location in Zeeland
Coordinates: 51°30′N 3°53′E / 51.500°N 3.883°E / 51.500; 3.883Coordinates: 51°30′N 3°53′E / 51.500°N 3.883°E / 51.500; 3.883
Country Netherlands
Province Zeeland
Government[1]
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor René Verhulst (CDA)
Area[2]
 • Total 101.92 km2 (39.35 sq mi)
 • Land 92.68 km2 (35.78 sq mi)
 • Water 9.24 km2 (3.57 sq mi)
Elevation[3] −1 m (−3 ft)
Population (January 2014)[4]
 • Total 36,977
 • Density 399/km2 (1,030/sq mi)
Demonym Goesenaar
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 4460–4483
Area code 0113
Website www.goes.nl
church: Maria Magdalenakerk
The TV-Tower
Front of the railway station in Goes

Goes (About this sound pronunciation ) is a municipality and a city in the southwestern Netherlands in Zuid-Beveland, in the province Zeeland. The city of Goes has approximately 27,000 residents.

History[edit]

Goes was founded in the 10th century on the edge of a river: de Korte Gos (the Short Gos). The village grew fast and in the early 12th century it had a market square and a church devoted to Maria. In 1405 Goes received city rights, and in 1417 it was allowed to build walls around the city. The prosperity of the city was based upon the cloth industry and the production of salt. In the 16th century Goes declined. Its connection to the sea got bogged down and in 1544 a large fire destroyed a part of the city.

In Autumn 1572, during the course of the Eighty Years' War, Goes, in the Spanish Netherlands, was besieged by Dutch forces with the support of English troops. The siege was relieved in October 1572 by Spanish Tercios. In 1577 the Spanish soldiers who occupied Goes were driven out by Prince Maurits of Nassau. The prince built a defence wall around Goes, which is still partly present. In the centuries thereafter Goes did not play an important role, except as an agricultural centre. In 1868 a railway was constructed through it, but this did not lead to industrialisation. Agriculture remains the most important economic activity.

Although The Netherlands were neutral in the First World War, seven bombs hit Goes and Kloetinge, due to an error by a British airplane. A house in Magdalenastreet in Goes was destroyed and one person killed. Goes did not suffer extensive damage during the Second World War, but was under German occupation until 1944.

Goes did not experience much population growth until the 1970s and 1980s. Then, the city grew fast because of new districts like Goese Meer, Oostmolenpark, Overzuid and Ouverture being constructed. Goes is now the fourth economic centre in Zeeland.

New districts are in preparation, amongst them Goese Schans, Mannee and Aria, where 3,000 new houses are to be built.

Population centers[edit]

Topography[edit]

Goes-plaats-OpenTopo.jpg

Dutch Topographic map of Goes (town), March 2014.

Districts[edit]

  • Centre Goes
  • West Goes
  • New West
  • East Goes
  • Noordhoek
  • Goese Meer
  • Goese Polder
  • South Goes
  • Overzuid
  • Ouverture
  • De Goese Poort (business area)
  • De Poel (I, II, III en IV, business area)
  • Klein Frankrijk (business area)
  • Marconi (business area)
  • Aria (developing)
  • Mannee (developing)
  • Goese Schans (developing)

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — sister cities[edit]

Goes is twinned with:

Transportation[edit]

Railway Station: Goes

On the railway line between Vlissingen and Roosendaal.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Samenstelling B&W" [Members of the board of mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Goes. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 4461GE". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 10 March 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION". panevezys.lt. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 

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