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a brief

history

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t Map showing Amsterdam in 1582.

Upstart Amsterdam grew quickly from its 13th-century roots in uninhabited marshland. By the 17th century it was in the flushes of its Golden Age as one of Europe’s wealthiest cities. Although no longer an imperial hub, Amsterdam today is still a global financial capital and a city where freedom reigns.

Amstelledamme Becomes Amsterdam

Work began in 1264 on the dam of the Amstel river which gave the settlement its name: Amstelledamme. By the 14th century, the town was known as Amsterdam and was prosperous enough to build the imposing Oude Kerk. Amsterdam’s ...

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