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Zuyderzée is the name of a département of the First French Empire in the present Netherlands. It is named after the Zuider Zee sea inlet. It was formed in 1810, when the Kingdom of Holland was annexed by France. Its territory corresponds more or less with the present Dutch provinces North Holland and Utrecht. Its capital was Amsterdam. The département was subdivided into the following arrondissements and cantons (situation in 1812):<ref name=Gallica>Almanach Impérial an bissextil MDCCCXII, p. 483-4, accessed in Gallica 16 July 2013 Template:Fr icon</ref>

  • Amsterdam, cantons: Amsterdam (6 cantons), Baambrugge, Kudelstaart, Loenen, Naarden, Nieuwer-Amstel, Oud-Loosdrecht, Watergraafsmeer and Weesp.
  • Alkmaar, cantons: Alkmaar (2 cantons), De Rijp, Schagen, Texel, Wieringen and Zijpe.
  • Amersfoort, cantons: Amersfoort (2 cantons), Rhenen and Wijk bij Duurstede.
  • Haarlem, cantons: Beverwijk, Bloemendaal, Haarlem (2 cantons), Heemstede, Oostzaandam, Westzaan and Westzaandam.
  • Hoorn, cantons: Enkhuizen, Grootebroek-Edam- Purmerend, Hoorn (2 cantons), Medemblik and Monnickendam.
  • Utrecht, cantons: IJsselstein, Maarssen, Mijdrecht, Schoonhoven, Utrecht (2 cantons) and Woerden.

Its population in 1812 was 507,500, and its area was 950,100 hectares.<ref name=Gallica/>

After Napoleon was defeated in 1814, the département became part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands.



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