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During the seventeenth century the Netherland experienced a time that is now known as the “Dutch Golden Age”. In all the parts of creating a well put together country, the Netherland prospered. In the seventeenth century the Netherlands were capable of creating this “Dutch Golden Age” because of how the managed their economy, their intellectual life, their political beliefs, and the affects all of this had on their society.

The Netherlands had a very prosperous economy. They exported diamonds, linens, and pottery. Their pottery was popular for its one of a kind trademark, always being blue and white. The Netherland experienced very little inflation during this time. They were considered masters of the “carrying trade”. They had the lowest rates for shipping. with their economy doing to well the project known as the “great Dutch land reclamation” accelerated. This project involved building dikes and pumping all the water off the land and out to the sea. ⅓ of the Netherland was below sea level. When this project was finished it created more land for economic use.

The Netherlands was home to Two different Universities. One being the University of Leiden.In 1645 it was deemed the largest university of all international universities. The second university was the University of Gronigen. It was the very fors international university founded in 1614. both of these universities had a popular topic known as optics. The telescope was invented and used by Christaan Itygens to help explain Saturn's rings. with the invention of the telescope the microscope was invented, by Anton Van Leeuwenhoek. with the creation of the microscope they discovered Micro-organisms that can’t be seen with the naked eye. Their intellectual life was outstanding in their field. Half of the students that attended the two universities were foreign students.

The political views of the Netherlands was quite different from that of other european countries. They gave the majority of the power to...
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