Stereotypical pin from the Netherlands

Stereotypical pin from the Netherlands

This pin was given to me by Al Owen who recently took the same trip that I did in May. I am adding it to this “story” since it represents all of Holland.

Holland? Or the Netherlands? And what’s the difference between the two? The Netherlands is often referred to as Holland. Nevertheless, the official name of the country is the (Kingdom of the) Netherlands. The Netherlands consists out of twelve provinces. Two of them, North and South Holland, are the two provinces that together make Holland. Due to the maritime and economic power of these provinces in the 17th century, the Netherlands became known worldwide as Holland. To make matters even more confusing the inhabitants of the Netherlands are called Dutch.

This pin stereotypes the Dutch, with Hans Brinker-type, traditional Dutch girl (my mother dressed as a Dutch girl for a Halloween party years and years ago) and the wooden shoes. I never saw anyone in all the

Netherlands map showing Holland area

Netherlands map showing Holland area

Netherlands wearing these painful cloggers.

Netherlands is taken from the Dutch for “low lands” which is a good name, since so much of the country is formed by pushing back the sea.

As mentioned on my page on Amsterdam my 2014 trip by river boat began in Amsterdam and continued through Holland (Netherlands) by river toward Budapest.

Location: 19-A1

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