ASSEN, the capital of the province of Drente, Holland, 16 m.
by rail S. of Groningen, at the junction of the two canals which
run north and south to Groningen and Meppel respectively.
Pop. (1900) 11,329. It is partly surrounded by a small forest
belonging to the state. Assen possesses schools (a gymnasium
and burgher school), a chamber of commerce, a museum of
antiquities and a court-house. Peat-cutting forms a considerable
industry. Many prehistoric remains found in the neighbourhood
are in the museum at Leiden. Until the 19th century Assen was
a small place built round the convent in which Otto II. (of Lippe),
bishop of Utrecht, was murdered after being taken prisoner at
Koevorden in 1237.
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