Facts in brief:
Founded in 11th cen. on divergence of Merwede, Noord, Oude Maas & Dordtse Kil rivers; was residence of counts of Holland until 1203; fortified in 1271; severely damaged by flood in 1421 & rebuilt; formerly one of the most important ports in Netherlands.
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