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Mr Monkey follows the Siege of Ostende historic walk, 14th September

"I'm not impressed by this City Hall"

Mr Monkey looking at Ostende city hall Mr Monkey looking at the An Honourable Withdrawal panel

The last panel, An Honourable Withdrawal, was outside the City Hall and told Mr Monkey about the final surrender of the people of Ostende. In August 1604, Prince Maurice of Orange captured Sluis which meant that Ostende wasn't as important to the Protestant cause as it had been. In September 1604, the exhausted defenders were given permission to surrender by the Dutch Republic and were granted an honourable withdrawal by the Spanish. The surviving Dutch and English troops, and the citizens of Ostende, left the city and sailed to Zeeland. Albert and Isabella were left with a city so ruined that they had to pay people to live there.

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