Many small wars in the early 16th century provided the impetus for the building of a stronger defensive wall around Amsterdam. Attackers from Utrecht and Gelderland had found their way into the city and this convinced the City Council that Amsterdam’s defenses had to be strengthened. Around 1516 a number of defense towers were built […]

Holland versus Netherlands

Holland consists of the 2 provinces Noordholland and Zuidholland Noordholland is a peninsula between the Northsea and the Ijsselmeer. More than half of Noordhollands surface consists of drained land. The island of Texel in the Wadden Sea is part of the province Noordholland. Amsterdam is the largest city of the province. The province Zuidholland is […]