This is our second jaunt into a canal city, and today we’ll be visiting the Netherlands. Last month we visited Birmingham, England.
Delft (meaning delve or dig), is a canal-ringed city in the western Netherlands and has a long and intriguing history. The first canal, Old Delft, was dug in 1100 AD in conjunction with the founding of the town and runs primarily through Noordeinde. The canals were originally used to drain the land, and were not used for transport until later. Unlike canals in other cities, Delft’s canals are nearly at street level, making them feel integral to the city.
At the end of the 12th century, the Nieuwe Delft was dug through part of the settlement that runs through Old Delft. Still later fortified singels (water-filled moats used for defense) were created to surround the city. Delft was finally connected to the sea in 1389 when the Delfshavensche Schie canal was dug through the river Maas.
By 1400, Delft had more than 6,500 inhabitants, making it the third-largest city in the country behind Dordrecht and Haarlem. The city continued to grow, and in
About this same time, a large number of Italian artisans of earthenware settled into Delft and introduced a new style in which white glaze is applied decorated with metal oxides, particularly cobalt oxide that produces a blue color. The heyday for this pottery lasted from 1640 to 1740, and items were exported all over Europe and into Asia.
Delft’s economy is comprised of education (Delft University of Technology), scientific research (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research), industry (Delftware), retail (IKEA), and tourism (more than one million annual visitors).
Does it surprise you to learn The Netherlands is home to a canal city?
About Vanessa's Replacement Valentine:
Engaged to be married as part of a plan to regain the wealth her family lost during the War Between the States, Vanessa Randolph finds her fiancé in the arms of another woman weeks before the wedding. Money holds no allure for her, so rather than allow her parents to set her up with another rich bachelor she decides to become a mail-order bride. Life in Green Bay, Wisconsin seems to hold all the pieces of a fresh start until she discovers her prospective groom was a Union spy and targeted her parents during one of his investigations. Is her heart safe with any man?
Eight years have elapsed since the Civil War ended, and Miles Andersen has almost managed to put the memories of those difficult years behind him. He’s finally ready to settle down, but the women in town are only interested in his money. A mail-order bride seems to be the answer until the woman who arrives brings the past crashing into the present.
Can two wounded hearts find healing in the face of doubt, disappointment, and distrust?
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