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Early dike building in South Jutland

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The oldest dike for protecting marshland along the Wadden Sea was built in 1556 by Duke Hans the Elder (1521-1580). The dike covered the northern part of what was then Vidåbugt and protected Højer, Møgeltønder, Ubjerg and Tønder Koge. To the south, a dike was…

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Drive along the dike between Højer and Rudbøl, and you'll see a manmade, regulated landscape criss-crossed by dikes and drainage ditches. It can be difficult to imagine the original marshland when it was covered by seawater for most of the year. The thought that you are driving on the original dike from 1556 easily puts fertile imaginations into overdrive. It must have been a huge job building the dike without modern machinery. It took plenty of local labour, shovels, buckets, baskets and elbow grease to remove the mountain of soil, under the constant threat of a storm or flooding that could wash people and dikes away at a moment's notice until the project was finished and the sea was shut off at a safe distance.

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