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West-Indische huisbrug – Bridge 17 | History and information

Like many of the other bridges there has been a bridge here for centuries and again Balthasar Florisz. van Berckenrode (1625), Joan Blaeu (1649) and Daniël Stalpaert (1662) had this bridge on their maps. Since bridge 17 is a fixed arch bridge, there is no longer any need to keep bridge 15 movable, sailing ships could no longer pass through anyway. So as you saw Bridge 15 was also fixed.
In April 2016 the bridge was on the list of bridges without an official name and the JOVD proposed to name the bridge after Hans van Mierlo, who lived nearby. When the proposal was submitted, the municipal error came to light and it was put on the list of bridges with an official name, it therefore remained the West Indian house bridge.

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