Amsterdam is one of the most important commercial centers in Europe.
reproduction of ship in the Dutch East Indies trade
detail of the stern
on board cannon
the bow figure
The city is a major port linked to the North Sea and other European countries by a network of railways and canals, notably the North Sea Canal, which is navigable by oceangoing vessels.
steamboat with passengers
outboard keel sailing ship coming to port
Among leading industries in the city are shipbuilding, sugar refining, publishing, and the manufacture of heavy machinery, paper products, textiles and clothing, porcelain and glass, aircraft, automobiles, and chemicals.
a Grebe swimming with babies on its back
swimming to Mom for food
(one still on male Grebe's back)
The city is also famous as a center for polishing and cutting diamonds and as the chief financial center of the Netherlands. A major European stock exchange is located in Amsterdam, as are the Bank of the Netherlands and several insurance firms.
canal bridge with windmill in background
water front building
tall spires on the harbor
(Chinese restaurant in background
- reproduction of Hong Kong floating palace)
looking out to sea
(commemorating those lost in WW II)
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