Dutch

Patriot and Patrician

Hendrik Hooft

May 13, 2012

The idea for this book took shape on a business trip to Ceylon the author made with Christopher Ondaatje, the brother of Booker Prize winner Michael Ondaatje. In the 1780’s two of their ancestors had championed the popular movement which brought to the Dutch Republic the first democratically elected government in Europe, a few years […]

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Fire Engines with Water Hoses and the Method of Fighting Fires now used in Amsterdam

1735

Jan van der Heyden

May 13, 2012

“The list of sources for the history of fire fighting in the seventeenth century is frustratingly short. What information there is largely comes from doleful accounts of the conflagrations of the day. Their authors pay only fleeting attention to the tactics, organizations, or types of fire equipment used, concentrating isntread on the number of buildings […]

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