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Nieuwvliet (The Netherlands)

Sluis municipality, Zeeland province

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[Nieuwvliet flagproposal] by Jarig Bakker, 27 Oct 2004
proposal by A.J. Beenhakker, c.1970

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Nieuwvliet former municipality

Nieuwvliet (meaning: new river, brook) is a former municipality in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen, since 1970 part of Oostburg, and since 2003 in Sluis in Zeeland province.
Flagproposal: : diagonally divided from hoisttop to flybottom of white and blue, with on white a blue crescent pointing upwards, and on blue a white key.
The flag shows a division like the arms of the "Vrije van Brugge" (Freedom of Brugge).
The crescent is derived from the municipal arms, while the key refers to the nickname of the village: "Sinte Pier" = St. Peter, whose emblem was the key.
In the Middle Ages the "Zwarte Gat" (Black Hole), the middle of the three Zwin-mouthes, flowed here into the sea. The marshy area was reclaimed in 1527 by the family Adornis from Brugge. The village of Nieuwvliet developed here, and from 1620 on Belgian Baptists from Flanders settled here. The Calvinists didn't appreciate that, so the Baptists gradually moved from here until in 1777 they had all disappeared.
Source: Anton Jansen's magazine "Vlaggen", #71, 1991, flagdesigns for Zeeland municipalities by Ir. A.J. Beenhakker - courtesy of Mr. Hans van Heijningen.
Jarig Bakker, 27 Oct 2004

Nieuwvliet Coat of Arms

[Nieuwvliet Coat of Arms] by Jarig Bakker, 27 Oct 2004, after image in the Koffie Hag Album.
Granted 31 Jul 1817

Coat of arms: argent three crescents azure.
The arms are based on the old lordship-arms. The crescents represent the three villages  Nieuwvliet, Sint Pieter and Mettenije.
Jarig Bakker, 27 Oct 2004