Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Europe
Ferrari Life Posts: 824
Don't know where the term 'Dutch' comes from, since it is not used here and doesn't sound similar to a word in this language. BTW just to continue the history lesson a bit:
Noord-Holland and Zuid-Holland where the two 'counties' that where important trade centres in the middle ages. The other 'counties' where relatively unimportant and where seen more as 'foreign' people than as countryman. Hence, Holland has been the name used abroad often in naming the Netherlands, since all trade relations where with the two 'Holland' counties.
It even became close that you all would speak Dutch, but unfortunately this di'dn't happen since 'we' traded New York (or New Amsterdam then) for Surinam territory. But, still many streets in NY have a Dutch name, not to mention areas like Brooklyn (from Breukelen, a city in the middle of Utrecht, the Netherlands) and Harlem (from Haarlem, capital city of Noord-Holland).
Althought Amsterdam is known better than the entire country, it is not the capital city of Noord-Holland (Haarlem is), but only for the entire country. Most foreigners find it confusing that almost every ambessy and all parlements and governmental departments are not located in Amsterdam, but in The Hague, Zuid-Holland, the Netherlands.
So still, Holland is the 'centre' of the Netherlands. Nothing changed since the middle ages, I assume ;-)
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