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Landzat

I am reading reference in Dutch to the recruiting of 'landzaten' - "young men from the province who want to help with the artillery."** The province being Utrecht in the autumn of 1794, where defences were being bolstered as the Armée du Nord under Pichegru poised to complete its conquest of the Netherlands.

**De stadhouder presenteert op 4 augustus een voorstel om vrijwilligers te werven voor een korps van zogenaamde ‘landzaten’, jongemannen uit de provincie die willen helpen bij de artillerie.
(Der groote passage Amersfoort by R. Uppelschoten - ‎2013< https://dspace.library.uu.nl/.../FLEH_2013_6.pdf%3Bsequence=1>)

Is there a standard translation for 'landzaten' ? I haven't been able to come across one. Perhaps it is too archaic. 'Land' presumably translates as 'district/regional' or perhaps 'national.'

Any advice much appreciated.

JF

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