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Period 1

Time of hunters and farmers

What did the Netherlands look like in the past and what people did thousands of years ago? The history of the Netherlands is many times older than the Netherlands itself.

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Period 1 Time of hunters and farmers

The lives of hunters and collectors

Did you know that an extinct human species has been found near the Dutch border? This kind of discovery gives us a lot of information about our history.

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Period 1 Time of hunters and farmers

The origins of agriculture and agricultural societies

Can you move a 25,000-pound rock? 5,500 years ago, the first Drentse farmers could do this. They then built the oldest Dutch monuments.

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Period 1 Time of hunters and farmers

The emergence of the first urban societies

Do you know what kind of profession you want to pursue later? If you had lived at the end of prehistoric times, you had no choice, you were a farmer or a craftsman.

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Period 3

Time of monks and knights

You must have been in a castle once. Castles remind us of the Middle Ages. In addition to castles, many monasteries were built during this period.

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Period 3 Time of monks and knights

Court system and agility

Did you know that the Romans made many inventions to increase agricultural yields? After this period, the farmers had to reinvent everything themselves.

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Period 4

Time of cities and states

Have you ever heard of the separation between church and state? In the middle ages this did not exist yet. The Pope was more powerful than the emperor.

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Period 4 Time of cities and states

Rise of trade and the emergence of cities

The moment the Dutch cities started to grow was a very important point in history. Do you live in one of the oldest cities in The Netherlands?

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Period 4 Time of cities and states

Rise of urban bourgeoisry and increasing independence of cities

Have you ever moved? Everyone is now free to live wherever they want. In history, you had to buy yourself free first if you wanted to live in the city.