Feddes and Schaaper

The specific part of the video and the reading I would like to touch on is the early development of reclaiming the land and how it formed into the Netherlands we know today. I find it interesting how the major cities of the Netherlands all are dam cities due to dams being the first step to reclaiming land for the citizens living in the area. Although this was successful temporarily, it was a constant struggle to keep the water from reclaiming the land and many storms would hinder true progress at an established state. According to Shcaaper, this would change after the Dutch created ditches which would dehydrate the land and lead to the way to establishing a large city. From these ditches, Amsterdam claimed back a great amount of land and later on in the 17th century would surround the city with a canal to further decrease flood risk and provide passage through the city. It is very interesting how the planning of the city was meant to show a unity in diversity. The canals, although very similar, have minor differences in wealth, design, and  architecture adding life to the city. 

The thing intrigued under the lens of sustainability was the effect the Netherlands growth had on Africa and the colonies derived from the Dutch. Schaaper touched on the topic and brought it into the context of the time. The Dutch participated in the slave trade until the mid 1800s and greatly profited from its abuses and have doomed some West African Countries. This brings up the question is there anything to do sustainability wise to help guide these countries back into a stable economic system that is not shattered by colonialism.


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