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The Flying DutchmanThere are ghost ships in other parts of the world that are often called "The Flying Dutchman", but the one that still tries to round the Cape of Good Hope, at the southern tip of Africa, is the original. She was an Amsterdam vessel. Her master’s name was Captain Willem Vanderdecken. He was a staunch seaman, and would have his own way in spite of the devil. For all that, it is said never a sailor under him had reason to complain. Around 1676 while on one of his journeys, he disappeared. A rumour started about how the ship’s crew had tried for days to get through the traitorous waters where the Atlantic and Indian Ocean meet at the southern tip of Africa, known as Cape of Good Hope. However, with the wind against them, they were forced to retreat and seek shelter in a nearby bay.

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Amsterdam Coat Of ArmsA rare find at the construction site of the new south bound metro line reveals that the coat of arms of Amsterdam (the three Saint Andrew crosses) is about seventy years older than previously presumed. The discovery of the unique seal pliers from 1350, found during the construction of the North/South metro line has lead archaeologists to reevaluate the city’s history books. 

The branding pliers carry the oldest images of Amsterdam’s crest ever found. The stamp had the three detailed characteristic ‘Andreas Crosses’ or ‘St. Andrew’s Cross.’ The appointed cities archaeologist, Jerzy Gawronski, calls the discovery of the two tools unique.

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Old AmsterdamIn the above map from early  1600 you can see an outline of the planned development for the city of Amsterdam. Eventually being surrounded by  26 Windmills at the city wall, keeping the land dry and water fresh. In the same period Dutch had settled on the island of manhattan and were   building ‘New Amsterdam’. Typically the city streets were also named after streets which originated from Amsterdam like Broadway for instance. As  the name implies, still today is a wide avenue in New York City. The name Broadway is an English translation of the Dutch name, Breede weg. A  stretch of Broadway is famous as the pinnacle of the American theater industry.

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Dark PagesAmsterdam is the most important city of the Netherlands. Slavery has contributed to this status. It was important for the Amsterdam economy for quite a long time. A lot of money was earned with the slave trade itself and with the products that were grown using slaves, especially sugar and coffee. The large-scale and organized trade in Africans started, in 1621 when the ‘Westerly Indian Company’ was founded. This  company was actual a collection of mostly Amsterdam traders.

The WIC got hold of large areas around the Atlantic Ocean, along the west Coast of  Africa and in the ‘New World’. Nobody but the WIC was allowed to sell slaves in these territories. Paul Godess (1618-1690), a member of a powerful  Amsterdam family, was very active in the slave trade ,making a fortune of more than 130,000 guilders. He lived in a beautiful mansion at the  Herengracht 502, which is now the official residence of the mayor of Amsterdam. A plaque on the façade of the building reminds us of these dark pages of Amsterdam’s history. Amsterdam ship brought approximately 100.000 people under duress to the Americas, especially to Surinam and the  islands Curaçao and St. Eustatius.

 
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Henry Hudson´s Halve MaanNew Amsterdam 400 Years - In 1609, the Dutch East India Company ship DeHalveMaen (The Half Moon) entered the harbor of what is now called New York. The river it explored still carries the name of the ship’s commander, an Englishman named Henry Hudson.

Subsequent trading  missions led to the formation of the New Netherland Company which stretched from Delaware to Connecticut. In 1621, the States General of the  Netherlands established the Dutch West India Company. Around this time, Dutch and Walloon families formed a small community at the southern tip  of the island, though the precise date and circumstances of New Amsterdam’s creation remain the subject of debate. Also in question is the location of the almost mythical purchase by the Dutch provincial Director General of the land now known as Manhattan .

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