Gorinchem gôr´ĭnkhəm [key] or Gorkum gôr´kəm [key], town (1994 pop. 31,090), South Holland prov., W central Netherlands, on the Upper Merwede River. It is a manufacturing center. Gorinchem became a major trading point in the 15th cent. It was captured by the Beggars of the Sea (see Gueux ) in 1572. Much of the old town and its walls have been preserved.

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