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Kampen(käm`pən), town (1994 pop. 32,550), Overijssel prov., central Netherlands, on the IJssel River, near the Ketelmeer. It is a trade and industrial center. Kampen was first mentioned in the 13th cent., and in the 15th cent. it was a member of the Hanseatic LeagueHanseatic League
, mercantile league of medieval German towns. It was amorphous in character; its origin cannot be dated exactly. Originally a Hansa was a company of merchants trading with foreign lands.
..... Click the link for more information. . Notable structures in the town include the 14th-century town hall and several churches and buildings dating from the 14th and 15th cent., including the church of St. Nicholas. Two Protestant theological schools are there.
a city in the Netherlands, in Overijssel Province, on the Ussel River. Population, 29, 000 (1970). Kampen is linked by a navigable canal with the Zuider Zee (IJsselmeer). Timber is shipped from the city. Industry includes metal-working and the manufacture of concrete items, as well as tobacco and food enterprises. Kampen has architectural monuments dating from the 14th-17th centuries (city gates, churches, a town hall).