Once upon a time, the Dutch were the world's greatest seafarers and merchants. It was a time of great
wealth, far flung colonies, huge trading ships and a powerful merchant class. During this period, Amsterdam
was the center of commerce, finance, banking and guilds. Many fortunes were made importing the exotic
resources of the new world and Asia. With colonies in Indonesia, the Caribbean, both North and South
America, Dutch ships transported such expensive products as cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, tobacco, pepper,
silk and slaves around the world. This wealth is still reflected in the beautiful houses that line the many canals
Note:The Dutch transformed the inexpensive goods from their far-flung colonies into great wealth back home, bringing about the Golden Age in Amsterdam.
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