An Italian comes to the Netherlands

As an introduction to the Erasmus+ project on Jakob Fugger, the pupils of 5ECMTb-LMT visited the exhibition “Komt een Italiaan naar de Nederlanden” (An Italian comes to the Netherlands) in the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp on Tuesday 1 February. Based on quotations from Lodovico Guicciardini in his 16th century bestseller “Descrittione di tutti i Paesi Bassi” (1567), the pupils were introduced to the economy, politics, language, fauna, flora and national character of the Netherlands of that time. He devotes a striking amount of attention to his home town of Antwerp, at that time the economic heart of Europe. He writes, among other things

  • “The city was largely based on trade and became large thanks to foreigners.”
  • “The most important merchants from Europe and the world come here daily by land and sea.”
  • “Antwerp owes its wealth to its foreign merchants. Truly everything is for sale in the city.”

No wonder Jakob Fugger also had a branch here…


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