A view of Zaandijk's Gortershoek
Zaandijk in the municipality of Zaanstad
|• Total||2.15 km2 (0.83 sq mi)|
|• Density||4,040/km2 (10,500/sq mi)|
Coordinates: Zaandijk (Dutch pronunciation: [zaːnˈdɛi̯k]) is a town in the municipality of Zaanstad, province of North Holland, Netherlands. It lies about 11 kilometres (6.8 miles) northwest of Amsterdam and had a population of 8,686 in 2017.
The first citizens of Zaandijk were members of the family of Hendrik Pietersz who moved into 'de Lage dijk' (The Lower Dike) in the year 1494. De Lagedijk still exists in Zaandijk. In 1570 the town consisted of 19 houses. These dwellings were burned by the Spaniards in 1572, during the Eighty Years' War. The town began to prosper and grow following the return of the populace.
Sunset on the river Zaan in Zaanstad
Zaandijk was a separate municipality until 1974, when it became a part of the new municipality Zaanstad.
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- J. Kuyper, Gemeente Atlas van Nederland, 1865-1870, "Zaandijk". Map of the former municipality, around 1868.
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