You can find on this page the old map of Netherlands to print and to download in PDF. The ancient Netherlands map presents the past and evolutions of the country Netherlands in Europe.
The earliest known human life to inhabit the old area now known as the Netherlands did so some 40,000 years ago as its shown in the old map of Netherlands. At the time, the people were hunter-gatherers and roamed across the country for wild game. The first settlements did not begin to appear until around 4800 B.C.

Ancient Netherlands map

Historical map of Netherlands

The ancient map of Netherlands shows evolutions of Netherlands. This historical map of Netherlands will allow you to travel in the past and in the history of Netherlands in Europe. The Netherlands ancient map is downloadable in PDF, printable and free.

Geographically a difficult area to live, the ancient Netherlands had for its inhabitants Celtic and German tribes as its mentioned in the Ancient Netherlands map, one very important feature - safety. Its rivers, lakes, wetlands, and woods were impossible to cross for the invaders. It is only in the 1st century BC, that the ancient Roman Empire conquered the southern part of these lands establishing an important military post in Nijmegen. North of the today Netherlands remained not conquered nor even invaded. Under the Roman administration, prosperity grew for almost three hundred years.

As the ancient Roman state got weaker, barbaric Germanic tribes started to invade the land. Most powerful of them, the Franks invaded the Netherlands territory in the 5th century and brought the Christianity with them. By 800 today Netherlands was a part of the powerful Franks Empire of Charlemagne as you can see in the Ancient Netherlands map. It is in Nijmegen that Charlemagne built one of his palaces. Tradition says that Nijmegen was his favorite residence, while Aachen (today in Germany) was the empire capital.

After the fall of the Charlemagne Empire (he died in 814) the Low Countries territory of Netherlands has been divided into several smaller states as its shown in the Ancient Netherlands map– ruled by dukes and counts. At the same time, already in the Middle Ages, a strong economical development made the ancient Netherlands one of the richest areas in Europe. Agriculture along with crafts and commerce, rich towns and important trading links reaching as far as Asia and North Africa, transformed the Netherlands into the area where the feudal power has been limited, safety of movement and economical activity established, sustained growth possible.