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Netherlands facts

The Netherlands is sometimes called Holland after its provinces of North and South Holland.

The Netherlands has twelve provinces: Drenthe, Flevoland, Friesland, Gelderland, Groningen, Limburg, Noord-Brabant, Noord-Holland, Overijssel, Utrecht, Zeeland and Zuid-Holland.

At one time it was possible to walk from Holland to Britain. However, the levels of the North Sea began to rise at the end of the last Ice Age covering over the land bridge by 6000 BC.

Historically windmills were used as a source of energy in the Netherlands, especially for drainage.

The fourteenth century Cathedral tower in Utrecht is the tallest church tower in the country.

The name Amsterdam is a combination of the words, Amstel and dam: in early times a dam was built at a fishing village on the River Amstel.

Today, Amsterdam has one hundred and sixty canals and over twelve hundred bridges.

Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536), born in Rotterdam, was one of the most famous scholars in history.

The University of Utrecht was founded in 1636.

Antony van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723), the microbiologist, was the first person to study bacteria.

Willem Barentsz was a famous Dutch explorer of the sixteenth century.

Abel Tasman, the Dutch navigator, was the first European to discover New Zealand (1642) and the islands of Tonga and Fiji (1643).

Dutch migrants moved to countries such as the USA, Canada, the Cape Colony of South Africa and Australia.

The islands of the Dutch Antilles, in the Caribbean, were colonized in the seventeenth century.

In 1667 the Dutch exchanged the Dutch possession of New Amsterdam (later called New York) for the [English] South American colony of Suriname.

The Boers (Dutch for farmers) or Afrikaners in South Africa were descendants of employees of The United East India Company.

Amsterdam has been a centre for the diamond industry for over four hundred years. The industry expanded when diamonds were found in South Africa in 1867.

The Cullinan, the world's largest diamond, and the famous Koh-I-Noor were cut in Amsterdam.

Prince William III of Orange and his wife, Mary Stuart, were invited by the English to become the King and Queen of England in 1689.

By the late eighteenth century "Indonesia" was part of the Dutch colonial empire, known as the Netherlands East Indies.

The Indonesian island of Bali did not come under Dutch control until 1906.

Mata Hari was born Margaretha G. Zelle in Leeuwarden, Friesland, in 1876. She was executed for espionage in 1917.

During the Second World War Anne Frank hid with her family, from the Germans (1942-44), in the Achterhuis (rear house) of an old merchant house in Amsterdam.

In 1953 flooding in the southern coastal region left almost two thousand people dead.

If global warming brings about climatic change, sea levels could rise by up to a metre. Low-lying countries such as the Netherlands, Bangladesh and the Marshall Islands could find much of their territory underwater.


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