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Terneuzen is a city in the southwestern Netherlands, in the province of Zeeland, in the middle of Zeeuws-Vlaanderen (on the southern shore of the Westerschelde estuary, at the end of the Westerschelde Tunnel).

The municipality comprises also the following towns, villages and townships: Axel, Biervliet, Hoek, Koewacht, Overslag, Philippine, Sas van Gent, Sluiskil, Spui, Westdorpe, Zaamslag, Zandstraat, Zuiddorpe.

First mentioned in 1325, Terneuzen was a strategically located port on the waterways to Ghent, in present-day Belgium. Nowadays the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal is still an important shipping route. [1] (http://www.binnenvaart.be/pictures/kaarten/waterwegen/21merwede.gif)

Terneuzen was once home of the legendary Flying Dutchman, Van der Decken, a captain who cursed God and was condemned to sail the seas forever, as described in the Frederick Marryat novel The Phantom Ship and the Richard Wagner opera.

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