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A Survival advisor to Customs and Etiquette
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At first (during the first three years 50 CultureShock! Netherlands of primary school), the main emphasis is on the child’s development. At the same time, a learn-by-playing curriculum introduces children to reading, writing and arithmetic. They also learn some elementary social and manual skills. In the next five years, they are taught Dutch, mathematics, history, geography, environmental awareness and social science. All schools also teach art and have facilities for physical exercise. English is sometimes taught, beginning in the last year of primary school.
Sugar refining and cloth weaving provided additional profit and employment. Expansion Abroad Dutch maritime skills played a decisive role in the creation of a far-flung commercial and colonial empire during the 17th century. In 1609, the English captain Henry Hudson sailed the Dutch East India Company ship Halve Maen (‘Half Moon’) on an exploratory mission along the east coast of North America. During this voyage, Hudson discovered Manhattan Island (New York), which was subsequently bought from the Native Americans in the 1620s by the Dutch governor Peter Minuet.
Cities such as The Hague, Delft, Haarlem, Utrecht, Groningen and Maastricht have their own share of historic buildings, museums, traditions and attractions too. You will also discover many picture-postcardperfect villages in the countryside. Princess Maxima, now the wife of Crown Prince WillemAlexander, had one of the most pleasant initial impressions ever recorded when she first arrived in the Netherlands in 1999 from her native Argentina. ” She saw a woman on a bicycle who, in keeping with a good Dutch tradition, had one child on a seat at the front of the bike, another child on a seat at the back, and was carrying some shopping bags as well.