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Grootegast (The Netherlands)

Groningen province

Last modified: 2003-06-28 by jarig bakker
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Grootegast municipality Shipmate Flagchart :
adopted 3 Sep 1991

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Grootegast municipality

Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 12.274; area: 88,29 km². Settlements: Grootegast (seat), Doezum, Enumatil (part), Faan, Kornhorn, Lutjegast, Niekerk, Oldekerk, Opende, Sebaldeburen
Grootegast is in southwest Groningen, where the borders of Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe meet. It is a rural area - 'gast' meaning: sandy soil. Abel Tasman, the 17th century discoverer of New Zealand, was born in Lutjegast within Grootegast municipality. On 1 Jan 1990 Grootegast merged with Oldekerk to form the new municipality of Grootegast.
The horizontal red bar with pinnacles refers to the castle on the CoA, which was that of Langewold, a division of the old region of
'Westerkwartier'; the castle refers to the castle in Sebaldeburen, the old capital of Langewold.
Jarig Bakker, 8 November 1999

Grootegast CoA

[Grootegast CoA] image from the Grootegast municipal website.

Granted 2 Feb 1889.

Oldekerk former municipality

[Oldekerk flag] Shipmate Flagchart :

adopted 27 Mar 1967; in use 1967-1990.