Amsterdam preview

Netherlands

Amsterdam's name tells us a lot about its origins. The original name of the city was Amstel Dam ; since the first 12th century settlement was located by a dam on the River Amstel. The site of that dam is in Dam Square, just near Centraal Station. At first Amsterdam was little more than some fishing villages, but by the early 1300s it had achieved city status and the reclamation of land in the area had begun. At that time, what now constitutes the Netherlands was a group of duchies and countships that correspond approximately to the modern provinces of t…

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