Stuyvesant Consulting is named after the district Stuivezand in Made. Stuivezand referred to the dunes ‘Den Duin’ that was located at the southern side of Made.
So what happened at Stuivezand? Where is it located? Let us just say it was a ‘suburb’ of Made. Or is Made a suburb of Stuivezand? This is quite the discussion for local historians.
Stuivezand is part of a little corner in national history, because of the notorious ‘fight at Stuivezand’.
The time machine takes us back to the morning of the 6th of October 1624 when a real rider duel took place at Stuivezand, although that duel was more a kind of soap. To understand the story of Stuivezand completely we first need to go back to the Vughterhei in 1600 where ‘De Slag van Lekkerbeetje’ (Battle of Lekkerbeetje) took place.
With the siege of Den Bosch in the background, lieutenant Lekkerbeetje and the Norman noble Pierre de Bréauté were fighting out their own duel. The stakes: their honour. De Bréuaté got injured, and was killed later on by followers of Lekkerbeetje. This happened under the eyes of Heer (Lord) Van Grobbendonck, the governor of Den Bosch, who did not intervene.
Twenty-four years later a son of Van Grobbendonck, is one of the commanders of the Spanish general De Spinola during the siege of Breda. A son of De Bréauté is fighting on the side of prince Maurits who had set up camp at Made. De Bréauté jr. wanted to take revenge on Van Grobbendonck jr. at all costs.
De Spinola and Maurits are both very careful, down-to-earth generals averse to medieval-like knightly honor-killing. This could not prevent Van Grobbendonck jr. and De Bréauté jr. from wanting to fight it out in a rider duel. Rumors reached De Spinola, who immediately has Van Grobbendonck jr. captivated.
De Bréauté jr. gets help from an unusual corner while on his mission for revenge. Jan van Nassau, who appreciated the knightly ways, is a commander in Spanish service who offers to be the stand-in for Van Grobbendonck.
On the 6th of October 1624 Van Nassau pretends to go on a scouting-expedition in the direction of Maurits his camp. Three-hundred Spanish horseman and a delegation of horseman from Maurits his army, with De Bréauté, meet atop the dunes at Stuivezand. On horseback and armed with swords and pistols.
On the Spanish side Jan van Nassau takes the first shots. After that De Bréauté takes charge, screaming out the purpose of the fight, avenging the murder of his father. De Bréauté empties his pistol shooting at one of Van Grobbendonck jr. his lieutenants. He misses and gets some bullets flying in his direction and is wounded lethally to his side. He staggers and tries to hold onto the knob of the saddle, but he falls off his horse. A priest who is witness writes: “That is how the two Van Grobbendoncken, father and son, triumphed over the two De Bréautés, father and son aswell.”
The body of De Bréauté jr. is embalmed and placed upon a bier in the city hall of Geertruidenberg, as ordered by prince Maurits. Later it would be brought to France.
Source: In de Hollantsche Tuyn. Geertruidenberg, 1984.
Petrus Stuyvesant (most likely Peperga (Weststellingwerf, Friesland), 1611 or 1612 – New York, 1672) was a Dutch colonial governor. Stuyvesant started in 1647 as director-general for the Dutch colony New Netherland (New Amsterdam) until it was conquered by the English in 1664 and named New York.
Pieter Stuyvesant, around 1660, unknown painter, attributed to Hendrick Couturier and before seen as a Rembrandt. Oil on wood, New-York Historical Society.
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