A Brief History of the Netherlands (Brief History) by Paul F State

By Paul F State

Regardless of the country's small dimension, the Netherlands has performed a comparatively huge half within the background of trade, govt, paintings, and faith, and it has left an indelible imprint on the entire world's continents. this article presents a basic review of the heritage of the rustic from precedent days onwards.

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Among the world’s oldest democratic bodies, the water boards continue to exist today, one for each of the country’s 27 water districts. Only through technological and organizational innovations were the inhabitants able to battle the water. The work of land reclamation never ceased. It also never went unchallenged, because throughout the Middle Ages, what the sea surrendered it could also as easily take Windmills account for much of the topography in the country’s low-lying areas. (Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division) 19 A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE NETHERLANDS Master of the Elizabeth Panels, St.

Elizabeth Flood in the Night of 18 to 19 November 1421 (c. 1470). ) on panel, 127 × 110 cm (Collection Rijksmuseum Amsterdam) back. The 14th century witnessed nine major floods—three between 1373 and 1376 alone—and nature’s elements seemed more threatening than ever in the 15th century. Frequent storms pounded the coastal dunes, eroding the coastline, shifting its contours hundreds of meters inland, and covering once fertile lands behind the dunes with sand. Floods expanded the size of sea inlets, creating a vast inland lake (the Haarlemmermeer) and submerging large portions of the Zeeland islands, while the infamous St.

Seas and rivers were the instruments that propelled the birth of towns everywhere in the Netherlands, and it was trade in fish that spawned the earliest commercial activity. The creation of the Zuider Zee produced a vast inland sea rich in fish, and fishing villages soon dotted its coastline. Thanks to preservation in salt, a Swedish technique perfected in the Netherlands in the mid-13th century, herring—a centuries-old staple of northern European diets—could now be caught in large quantities, and the Dutch came to dominate the trade.

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