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Coat of arms of Prisches
Coat of arms
Prisches is located in France
Coordinates: 50°04′51″N 3°46′03″E / 50.0808°N 3.7675°E / 50.0808; 3.7675Coordinates: 50°04′51″N 3°46′03″E / 50.0808°N 3.7675°E / 50.0808; 3.7675
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Nord
Arrondissement Avesnes-sur-Helpe
Canton Landrecies
Intercommunality Deux Helpes
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Jean-Claude Fovez
Area1 23.11 km2 (8.92 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 959
 • Density 41/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 59474 /59550
Elevation 153–202 m (502–663 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Prisches is a commune in the Nord department in northern France.


Catharina Trico, born at Prisches (then part of the Spanish Netherlands) emigrated in the early 17th Century to Amsterdam. On January 13, 1624, she - 18 years old at the time - married a fellow Walloon immigrant, Joris Raparlie from Valenciennes, the record of their marriage surviving in Amsterdam archives. The two of them soon afterwards boarded a Dutch ship bound for North America and were among the founders and original inhabitants of New Amsterdam - which eventually became the present New York City. Further surviving documents indicate that Catharina and Joris had eleven children, that he died in 1662 but that she was still alive in 1680 - when an English missionary encountered her on Long Island as an old matriarch with 145 descendants. Genealogists estimate that more than a million people now living, in the US and elsewhere, can trace their descent to her.[1]


Arms of Prisches
The arms of Prisches are blazoned :

Azure, a fess Or. (Beaurepaire-sur-Sambre, Borre, Morbecque, Prisches, Cazilhac and Aubière use the same arms.)

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  1. ^ The documents telling the story of Catharina Trico and Joris Raparlie are described in detail by Russell Shorto in "Amsterdam, A History of the World's Most Liberal City", Doubleday, 2013, Ch.7