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2021-12-doc9 Dordrecht history – Part III

The last two weeks you have seen/heard my answer to the question: What does Dordrecht mean to you? And how would you imagine the feeling of your city? In the fourth quarter of 2021, in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, 36 artists were asked these same questions, to which they have responded with their works of art. Subsequently, their works were exhibited. For me, that feeling is evoked by the water, the architecture and often the beauty of the silence. And of course the light, you may know the paintings by Albert Cuyp, about which there is a beautiful exhibition in the Dordrechts Museum until March 2022.

I have lived and worked over 30 years in Dordrecht and I also asked myself these questions. With three short videos I give the beginning of an answer. I see Dordrecht from a broader historic perspective. Since some 800 years the economic development of the city in trade and shipping, in the 17th century its meaning for the present organization of the state of the Netherlands, the expansion of its own religious beliefs and the creation of the Dutch language. These videos habe now all been published on my YouTube channel, in December 2021. This is the third and last one, see

In all, the foundation of present Dutch society (early traces of democracy and constitution, money making by trade/shipping, sort of tolerance in religion and present Dutch language) can be found in Dordrecht.
See the other two vidoes at and
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