Almere (lake)

Almere
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The lake Almere ca 800 AD.
Location of Lake Almere in Europe.
Location of Lake Almere in Europe.
Almere
Location of Lake Almere in Europe.
Location of Lake Almere in Europe.
Almere
LocationNetherlands
Coordinates52°35′26″N 5°26′50″E / 52.59056°N 5.44722°E / 52.59056; 5.44722Coordinates: 52°35′26″N 5°26′50″E / 52.59056°N 5.44722°E / 52.59056; 5.44722
Typeformer lake

Lake Almere was an inland lake in the place of today's IJsselmeer in the center of the Netherlands.

History

The texts of ancient Romans called it Lake Flevo.[citation needed] Lake Almere is mentioned among others in a life of saints written by Anglo-Saxon Bishop Saint Boniface in 753, and a deed of gift from the town of Urk.[citation needed]

Its etymology may be eels, in Dutch aal or ael, so: "ael mere" = "eel lake"[citation needed]

Presumably, the water of Lake Almere at that time was fresh water or slightly brackish.[citation needed]

A number of occurrences during the Middle Ages led to the transformation of the lake to an inland sea that would be called the Zuiderzee, which are:

The name

The name of the new town of Almere in Flevoland was given in 1984 in memory of this body of water.

See also

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