17 Facts About Holland


Holland is a geographical region and former province on the western coast of the Netherlands.

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Name Holland has frequently been used informally to refer to the whole of the country of the Netherlands.

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Name Holland first appeared in sources for the region around Haarlem, and by 1064 was being used as the name of the entire county.

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Between 1806 and 1810 "Holland" was the official name for the county as a whole, after Napoleon made his brother Louis Bonaparte the monarch of the Kingdom of Holland.

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Holland was succeeded by a long line of counts in the House of Holland .

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In 1432, Holland became part of the Burgundian Netherlands and since 1477 of the Habsburg Seventeen Provinces.

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The last count of Holland was Philip III, better known as Philip II, king of Spain.

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Holland was deposed in 1581 by the Act of Abjuration, although the kings of Spain continued to carry the titular appellation of Count of Holland until the Peace of Munster signed in 1648.

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Holland was assisted by Antoine de Celles, Goswin de Stassart and Francois Jean-Baptiste d'Alphonse.

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In 1815, Holland was restored as a province of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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Holland is protected from the sea by a long line of coastal dunes.

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At present the lowest point in Holland is a polder near Rotterdam, which is about 7 metres below sea level.

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Land that is Holland has not been geographically "stable" since prehistoric times.

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People of Holland found themselves living in an unstable, watery environment.

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Stereotypical image of Holland is a contrived amalgam of tulips, windmills, clogs, Edam cheese and the traditional dress of the village of Volendam, far from the reality of everyday Holland.

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Standard Dutch was historically largely based on the dialect of the County of Holland, incorporating many traits derived from the dialects of the previously more powerful Duchy of Brabant and County of Flanders.

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Today, Holland proper is the region where the original dialects are least spoken, in many areas having been completely replaced by standard Dutch, and the Randstad has the largest influence on the developments of the standard language—with the exception of the Dutch spoken in Belgium.

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