van Rijsbergen" *)
framework for the villages of Rijsbergen and Zundert comprised the green
andpink areas on this map printed in the early 1900's. The "Eeninge"was
dependent upon the earldom of Breda which from 1404 onwards belonged to
the Nassau family.
The dark enclave
was a domain in the gift of the Dukes of Brabant, the yellowish one was
a separate property that has belonged to various overlords.
The local bench
consisted of a sheriff or bailiff appointed by the overlord and five
to seven freely elected aldermen. It dealt with the minor kind of criminal
offence but it's main function was to record transactions with regard to
property. A copy of their registers had to be submitted to the main bench
at Breda which looked after the interests of the overlord.
unification or unity of Rijsbergen and Zundert-Nassau.