Dordrecht, also known as Dordt, was the main settlement in what was known
as "Oud-West-Neder-Franken", where the Dutch language was first
spoken according to my old teacher. It lies along the Maas river, 20 km
ESE of Rotterdam in Zuidholland. Dordrecht was founded in 1008, received
town charter c. 1200; scene of meeting of first Congress of Protestant
provinces of the Netherlands 15 July 1572; and of religious religious
congress, known as "Synode van Dordt", 1618-19, a very tumultuous happening,
during which the decision was taken to translate the Bible, which resulted
in the "Statenvertaling", the base of the present Dutch language. Dordrecht
is at present a thriving town with 120.000 inhabitants.
According to Sierksma's Nederlands Vlaggenboek, 1962 [sie62]
the flag consists of three equally wide horizontal stripes red-white-red.
This flag was offered in March 1857 to the Minister of Interior Affairs
by the mayor of Dordrecht as the municipal flag. The colors are derived
from the municipal arms. These colors had already been in use for a long
time: the accounts of the city of 1284-1287 include receipts for white
and red linen for the banners. Furthermore the "Dordtse vlag" appears in
several old flag resources (charts and books) 1836-1875.
Jarig Bakker, 28 Apr 2003
by Jaume Ollé, 28 Apr 2003, after Steenbergen:
Vlaggen van alle Natiën, 1862
Collegie "Tot Nut van Handel en Zeevaart" (College for the Benefit
of Trade and Navigation), established 1818 in Dordrecht. Leen Smit pictures
number 100. In 1882 it was still in existence, but by 1979 it had disappeared.
Flag: Red over white over red, 1:2:1; the number centered on the white,
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 6 Dec 2001