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Coordinates: 51°01′52″N 2°18′22″E / 51.031°N 2.3061°E / 51.031; 2.3061

Fort-Mardyck is located in Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Location of Fort-Mardyck in Nord-Pas-de-Calais
A map of the fort of Mardyck and the attacks of 1646, from the Atlas van Loon.

Fort-Mardyck (Dutch: Fort-Mardijk) is a former commune in the Nord department in northern France. Since 9 December 2010, it is part of the commune of Dunkirk.[1][2] In 1999 it had 3,770 inhabitants.


The fort of Mardyck was constructed in 1622 by architect Jean Gamel. It was built for the Spanish who ruled Flanders at the time. The fort was captured, lost, and captured again by the French between 1644 and 1658. After the Battle of the Dunes (June 14, 1658) the fort came under the control of the English Commonwealth, in accordance with the terms of their involvement. After having bought Dunkirk and the fort of Mardyck from the English in 1662, King Louis XIV of France ordered that the fort be dismantled. On 12 February 1867, a French imperial decree established Fort-Mardyck as an independent municipality.


Flag of Fort-Mardyck
Arms of Fort-Mardyck
The arms of Fort-Mardyck are blazoned :
Gules, unicorn saliant argent, on a chief a sun in her splendour, all within a bordure Or. (The emblazon shows a per fess field, which would make more sense, rather than a field and chief...)


  1. ^ La Voix du Nord 8 December 2010
  2. ^ INSEE

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1893 text

A fort four miles east of Dunkirk, probably dismantled when that town was sold to Louis XIV.

This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.

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Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.