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1834 Base map

As a first result of the GIStorical Antwerp project, the 1834 Base Map is now made accessible in the web viewer. In the course of the project additional topographic layers and datasets will be added to the web viewer.

1834 Base Map layer is based on the oldest reliable cartographic property registration in Belgium, the land register ('Modern Cadastre'). The construction of the land register was initiated during the French Empire (1804-1814/1815) aiming to create an effective and fair basis to impose land tax on. After the French had left, the Dutch government continued this grand project. Taking almost twenty years to finish the surveying, it was the young Belgian state which in 1834 could effectuate the uniform national inventory of property on plot level.

The GIStorical Antwerp project has georeferenced (placing the maps in a coordinate system) and vectorised (a digital redrawing of the parcels in GIS-software) all 71 maps that the Land Registry ('Modern Cadastre') made for the city centre of Antwerp. In this way one map layer containing over 10.000 plots, the 1834 Base Map, was created. Subsequently all information from the original 1834 property registers, containing information on ownership, use and value of the property, could be linked to these plots. The information for each plot was further expanded by adding the French house numbers and the professions of the users according to the 1838 address book.

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