Conflict over Lingen, 1597-1605

During the Dutch Revolt, Spanish forces have chosen the County of Lingen as an area to occupy and exploit - because the County was property of Dutch stadholder William the Silent (since 1578). In 1591, Spanish troops, coming from Lingen, invaded the Princebishopric of Osnabrück, to requisition additional food, supplies and payment.
In 1597 a Dutch force commanded by Prince Maurits of Orange conquered the fortress of Lingen and expelled the Spanish. On August 19th 1605 a Spanish force commanded by General Spinola conquered the fortress and expelled the Dutch.

Aus der Geschichte der Stadt Lingen, from Stadt Lingen, in German
Geschichte der Grafschaft Lingen, by Thomas Höckmann, in German
Die Geschichte der Grafschaft Lingen, by Frank von Hagel
Campaign of 1597 (with reference to Dutch conquest of L.), in G. Edmundson, The Dutch Republic, posted by MATEO
REFERENCE Gustav Engel, Politische Geschichte Westfalens, Köln : G. Grote 1968, p.157

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First posted on March 23rd 2004, last revised on November 18th 2004

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