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History Tour in Amsterdam, Discover Dutch Golden Age

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 1 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 4 people
Destination(s): Netherlands  
Specialty Categories: Archeology/History  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 80 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 110 Euro (EUR)

Meet the Super Rich and Wealthy from the age of Rembrandt in Amsterdam. A "Forbes Millionaire" type guided tour. In 2006 the chief of the Rijksmuseum History Department, Mr Kees Zandvliet, published a richly illustrated book about the 250 richest people who lived in the Dutch Golden Age (1600-1700). With this fine, illustrated voluminous book in hand, and with the two outstanding history city guide handbooks by d'Ailly in my backpack, we can take a highly informative walk alongside the Amsterdam canals, and stop by many houses and follow the careers of a number of these super rich characters. We can also trace family trees and follow the flow of inheritance capital down the family line.

For becoming rich in the Dutch Golden Age it was sound planning to being born at the right time in the right cradle, to get and then education and to proceed with shrewd financial dealings and investments. Most of all it was a matter of intelligent management of social capital, family alliances, arranging good marriages between partners born to the best families of the right faith. Trade, politics and finance went hand in hand. Up to 1750 the bankers in London looked towards Amsterdam to learn the best ways of dealing in financial investments and contracts.

How did it become a 'brother-in-law' society? As women stood a fair chance (around 8%) of actually dying when giving birth each time, and many women gave birth more than 5 to 10 times during a marriage due to high infant mortality, women were a problem in terms of long-term family life. The most promising and important alliances were thus made in the business world of males, that of fathers, uncles, brothers, cousins, and brothers-in-law. When on the rise in Amsterdam politics and powerful, these males could disperse official functions, like becoming 'harbor master', to family members and friends. Along with the functions came some actual day to day work and lots of annual pay. One could farm out the actual work and keep the pay. Nepotism was the catchword.

Being born a Roman Catholic or converting to Roman Catholicism was certainly a bad career move, as after the 1570's functions in city government and important boards and functions were exclusively distributed among Calvinists (and French protestants). Roman Catholics were suspect as being allied to the enemy, the King of Spain. The Dutch Republic was started in a revolution against this King of Spain. Being born female was also a bad move, certainly in terms of affairs and politics, as there were only open to males born in the right political factions, obviously with the right religion.

The Amsterdam rich, masters of world trade, were indeed filthy rich. They were on top of the world and they advertised their economic prowess and stability by buying real estate, especially on the most expensive canal, the Herengracht. This canal was exclusively designed to show off status and wealth. Real estate buyers easily paid twice the value of empty lots and buildings on the Herengracht, compared to that on the neighbouring canals. Those other canals were built to do active trade and to offload and store commercial goods. We will therefore mainly walk the Herengracht and other important residential canals to review the lives of these successful burghers, kings of the trade empire that was the Dutch Republic.

Member discount:
10% discount for InfoHub customer. Request a free gift certificate.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Generally for small groups of 1-4 persons in Amsterdam 60 EUR per hour. Contact me for information on higher amounts with other venues and more people.

About This Supplier
Location: Netherlands
Joined InfoHub: Aug 2005

As a high-level international tour guide, I offer pleasant tailor-made private tours for small groups. Having an academic background in Art History and teaching, my presentation is both in-depth and very communicative, thus open to a wide audience. I prefer to guide small and select groups to museum visits and to walks...

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