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The Port of Dordrecht and the city’s historic harbours

Dordrecht is the oldest city in Holland, and it has been a major trade port for hundreds of years. The Port of Dordrecht is currently the sixth largest seaport in the Netherlands. Every year, over 3 million tonnes of throughput ...

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The Amsterdam (VOC ship) – The golden age overseas

In the past, the Dutch colonized the Indonesian Archipelago, establishing a profitable empire based on spice trading in the East. VOC or the Dutch East India Company, founded in 1602, established several trade routes using vast wooden ships called East ...

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The Dutch Language – A brief history

A recent study of world languages has described Dutch language as one of the easiest languages in the world for native English speakers to pick up, because of the language’s uncomplicated grammar structure. When it is written down or spoken ...

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Going Dutch

Just about everyone is familiar with the term “going Dutch”.  However, not many are knowledgeable as to how the term originated.  Of course they figure that since the word Dutch is involved it must have come from the Netherlands.  Strangely ...

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Famous Dutch Painters

It is hard to overestimate the impact of the Dutch culture on art.  Many of the famous painters of the past have come from the Netherlands.  Their paintings hang in museums and private collections around the world.  Though many of ...

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The Netherlands in Winter – What to See and Do During

The Netherlands is really awesome in winter, and although I’m more of a sun & beach kind of guy I can really appreciate the beautiful sights and pictures winter has to offer in my country! So when does it snow ...

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The Dutch Royal Family

The Dutch Royal Family has a history as old as the Netherlands.  Although the Netherlands has been a democracy since 1815, the House of Orange-Nassau has roots that go back far deeper than that date. The Forming of the House ...

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Monarchy of the Netherlands

On April 30th, 2013, Queen Beatrix abdicated her throne to her son Willem Alexander.  This event was the first time since 1890 that there has been a King of the Netherlands, and was therefore quiet a significant event. All of ...

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Wharves and Canals of Utrecht

The city of Utrecht is a beautiful city nestled in the heart of the Netherlands.  Its rich history dates back to the Middle Ages, and still bears the marks of that age upon its face even today.  Perhaps one of ...

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Canal Cruise in Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s picturesque canals are a big part of the reason why so many tourists flock to the city each year. For first time visitors to the city, a canal cruise should be at the top of your to-do list. These ...

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