With a gentleman of the Rhyngraves, I went in a cart, or tumbrel1  (for it was no better; no other accommodation could be procured), of two wheels and one horse, to Bergen-op-Zoom, meeting by the way divers parties of his Highness’s army now retiring toward their winter quarters; the convoy skiffs riding by thousands along the harbor. The fort was heretofore built by the English.

“Map of Bergen op Zoom”, Joan Blaeu, (1649)


  1. A two-wheeled cart or wagon typically designed to be hauled by a single horse or ox. Their original use was for agricultural work; in particular they were associated with carrying manure – Wikipedia