Wall charts, history and European Identity

EU Culture Programme; Education and Culture DG

Death of the brothers De Witt (1672)

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Series:

History of the native country

Timeframe:

Regents and monarchs

Scene of action:

's-Gravenhage

Illustrator:

Eichman, J.H. en Altmann, H.

Publisher:

L. de Fouw, Goes

Year of publication:

1856

Themes:

Nationalism   

After Johan de Witt’s power was overtaken during the “disaster year” of 1672 and William III was appointed captain of the States army, the opposition to De Witt remained unsatisfied. Therefore, a false charge made against his brother Cornelis who was consequently imprisoned at the Gevangenpoort (prison gate) in The Hague. When Johan visited his brother, both were killed.