It was constructed in a strategic spot in the center of the Netherlands, in which the Maas and Waal rivers appear alongside one another (just west of present day villages Poederoijen and Brakel, in the municipality of Zaltbommel, in Gelderland). At to start with it was a simple sq. brick building, utilized to demand toll from buying and selling vessels making use of the rivers. In the 16th century (all around 1575, orders supplied by William the Silent) it was expanded to a bigger fortress surrounded by earthen fortifications with two (later three) stone bastions on the northern facet, two moats, an arsenal, and housing for a commander and troopers.
It improved hands 2 times between the Northern Dutch and the Spanish (December nine, 1570 it was taken by the Geuzen, 10 days later Spanish yet again, and from June 25, 1572 Dutch until this day), the warring parties of the day. The castle before long (from 1619) grew to become a jail for political prisoners. A person famed inmate was the eminent law firm, poet and politician Hugo de Groot (Hugo Grotius) typically presented as the “father of fashionable intercontinental regulation”, who was serving a controversially imposed daily life sentence from 1619. In 1621 Hugo de Groot managed to pull off a daring escape in a ebook chest. The strategy for this escape came from his wife Maria van Reigersberg (also living in the castle). He subsequently grew to become the Swedish Ambassador to France for ten many years. One more superior profile inmate was the English Vice-Admiral George Ayscue.
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