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Dutch History

Holland’s history goes far back, but in the 16th century when the Hapsburg’s ruled the area, that the largely protestant northern provinces of the Low Countries, which included Holland and Belgium and led by William of Orange and Nassau, rebelled in 1568. This struggle for independence lasted until 1648 when they finally achieved it.

During the 16th and 17 Centuries the Dutch along with the Spanish, Portuguese, French and British started to have a great Navy and all the countries were scrambling to get as many possessions as possible in the New World. The Dutch were sailing everywhere, but there main territory was established in Indonesia, which was the East Dutch Company. They were also the country who founded New York, but when it was first settled it was called 'New Amsterdam'. It was later sold and traded to the British, which today looks like it was a huge mistake.

In the early 19th century The Netherlands were united with all the Low Countries as Napoleon took control of most of Europe. Even after Napoleon’s demise the Low Countries stayed united till 1830. During the next 80 years the Dutch economy grew with help from there possessions over seas and when World War I was fought the country stayed neutral. However, during World War II, Nazi Germany invaded Holland in 1940 and the following four years the country was subject to Nazi rule.

When World War II ended Holland wanted European unity and this led to them becoming one of the six founding members of the European Community. The Dutch are also apart of NATO and  use the European single currency. The country is known for its liberalism and internationally they are strong diplomats promoting world peace. If you plan to visit make sure to visit Holland, be sure to visit more than just Amsterdam, as there is so much more to see in this beautiful country.



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