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The Arembergersluis [nl]' of Zwartsluis
The Arembergersluis [nl]' of Zwartsluis
Coordinates: 52°38′31″N 6°4′13″E / 52.64194°N 6.07028°E / 52.64194; 6.07028
(1 October 2008)

1649 map of Zwartsluis in Willem and Joan Blaeu's "Toonneel der Steden"

Zwartsluis is a small city in the Dutch province of Overijssel. It is located in the municipality of Zwartewaterland, at the mouth of the Zwarte Water river and the Meppelerdiep canal [nl].

The town is home to many recreational boats , as well as a heritage fleet of fishing and cargo vessels. The Arembergergracht links the town with the Beulaker and Belter lakes and a multitude of smaller bodies of water just north, created by peat digging.

Zwartsluis's history started in the Eighty Years' War (1568-1648) - it developed around Fortress Swartersluys which controlled traffic on the Zwartewater inlet leading to Hasselt and Zwolle. Zwartsluis attracted some trade and a fishing fleet in later centuries. Zwartsluis also served as consolidation point for the peat-fuel trade, but was surpassed in importance by its neighbours, especially downstream Genemuiden.

Zwartsluis was a separate municipality until 2001, when it became a part of Zwartewaterland. [1]


  1. ^ Ad van der Meer and Onno Boonstra, Repertorium van Nederlandse gemeenten, KNAW, 2006.

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Media related to Zwartsluis at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 52°38′N 6°05′E / 52.633°N 6.083°E / 52.633; 6.083