|Population (1 oktober 2008)||4,735|
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.
- Ad van der Meer and Onno Boonstra, Repertorium van Nederlandse gemeenten, KNAW, 2006.
- J. Kuyper, Gemeente Atlas van Nederland, 1865-1870, "Zwartsluis". Map of the former municipality, around 1868.
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