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This photograph depicts several preserved 20th century windmills relocated to the Zaanstad District of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Holland). Trading vessels traveling from many exotic locations around the world returned to the ports in Zaanstad to deliver raw spices harvested from their Dutch colonies. These raw materials were processed through these windmills by grinding/cutting/or squeezing them into dried spices, oils, or building materials. The products were then packaged and reshipped to locations throughout the world.

Zaanse Schans, as this area is known by, is one of the popular tourist attractions of The Netherlands, and contains 7 museums the Weavers House (sailcloth weaving), the Cooperage (coopering/barrel making), the Jisper House (fishing), Zaan Time Museum, Albert Heijn Museum Shop and a Bakery Museum. Also, preserved is the the Czar Peter House, one of the oldest wooden houses in the Netherlands. Peter the Great was lodged in this home during his apprenticeship in the Shipswrights trade.

The museum area is quite expansive, spread across several acres, and requires some time to reap in all the atmospheric culture it offers. Definitely classified as a must stop visit if you are traveling in or near Amsterdam.

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