History of the Netherlands: E16: The Fishy Tale of Willem Beukelszoon

By Hilmar Johannes Backer - In the collection of Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum;  http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.440376 , Publiek domein,  https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39849012

By Hilmar Johannes Backer - In the collection of Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum; http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.440376, Publiek domein, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39849012

In the latter half of the 14th century, a series of technological developments as well as ripe social and economic conditions saw the foundations being laid for the future Dutch takeover of the northern European herring industry. This remarkable rise was so integral to the emergence of Dutch national identity, that it required its own position within the narrative of the emerging Dutch state. From the 17th century onwards a myth was perpetuated which credited it all to a man called Willem Beukelszoon of Biervliet. We tackle this legend and discuss the innovation that really led the Dutch to their dominance in herring fishing, and explain the origins of how a pickled fish became the most typical Dutch dish imaginable.

Listen to the episode and find the show notes here: https://www.republicofamsterdamradio.com/episodes/historyofthenetherlands/episode-16-the-fishy-tale-of-willem-beukelszoon

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