Amsterdam just grew and grew

The flood of new residents meant an explosive growth in population. In 1570 Amsterdam had 30,000 inhabitants, but the closing of the Scheldt in 1585 made thousands of Flames move to Amsterdam. Spanish and Portuguese Jews followed the same path together with Jews from Eastern Europe. In 1600 Amsterdam had 50,000 inhabitants, but the number […]

When enough is enough

Todays assignment: Protest How do you handle getting angry? Every once in a decade or two it happens to me: I get angry. Don’t get me wrong. I can get annoyed sometimes, but angry, really angry, is something I don’t get if I can avoid it. It’s very unpleasant while it lasts and afterwards I […]