Liberation of Brielle

Are you looking for a costume for the April 1 Brielle celebration? Here you can buy Watergeuzen costumes, privateers and pirate costumes and much more 16th century clothing.

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April 1 Brielle: commemoration of the liberation in 1572


The history of Brielle is best known for the Eighty Years' War. The Netherlands was occupied by Spain and the citizens were the victims of all kinds of measures such as taxes, being forced to be Catholic and restrictions on freedom. This led to a revolt. The Water Beggars were on the side of the insurgents. Beggars were freebooters and privateers. For example, they hijacked Spanish ships so that the Spanish economy suffered a blow. They also liberated Den Briel from the Spaniards, after which many other cities followed. Yet the fall of Brielle is best remembered and this is the only liberation in the Eighty Years' War that is still celebrated so widely. This is because this liberation was seen as a tipping point, after which more cities fell.


Annual April 1 celebration in Brielle


The liberation of den Briel is still an event celebrated every year in Brielle. There are many street events, such as reenactment where the liberation is re-enacted with cannons and a Beggar boat, music and much more. There is also the famous chalk night, where people from Brielle write on other people's windows in the dark with chalk. Many residents and visitors to 1 April Brielle dress in 16th century costumes for the occasion.


16th century costume for April 1 Brielle


At Celtic WebMerchant you can buy Watergeuzen costumes, privateer costumes, civilian costumes and noble costumes with matching accessories. Ideal if you are looking for a costume for April 1 Brielle! On this page you will find a selection of clothing from the 16th century. We also have two blog posts with which you can quickly put together a complete men's or women's suit
Historical women's costume April 1 den Briel
Historical men's costume for April 1 den Briel